Lies, omissions, silence, and refusal to take responsibility. Piantedosi ‘s speech in Parliament yesterday was cowardly, despicable, and insincere, contradicted by data, documents, Frontex’s electronic records, nautical charts, sea bulletins, and everything else.
The only argument left that’s worth discussing, and which even Meloni used, is “no one can think we wanted a massacre”. And of course, no one believes that the over 70 deaths in Cutro were the result of a deliberate massacre.
That’s not the issue, that’s not the accusation. The victims died because of something else, something called indifference.
The same cold indifference that transferred the 60 survivors of the shipwreck to a dilapidated structure without beds, without heating, only one shared bathroom.
The same inhuman indifference that forces NGO ships to travel an extra four or five days to land migrants in northern ports and then bus them back to the south.
The same bureaucratic indifference that leaves foreign police offices understaffed, forcing asylum seekers to wait endlessly in freezing night queues, like in via Cagni in Milan.
The same cynical indifference that led Vittorio Feltri to write, “leaving is a bit like dying”. The same mocking indifference of Salvini when he calls migrants “gym buffs”.
From indifference to contempt and from contempt to massacre, as we’ve seen, the road is not that long.
Piantedosi, Salvini, Meloni, and their accomplices are guilty of this.