Let me state unequivocally, I think the guy is scum. So this piece is not to be taken in any way shape or form as a piece defending him or his pedophile tendencies.
That said, read on.
I think Berlusconi's usefulness to the West, is at an end. Just a gut feeling. The overthrow of the Tunisian leaders and the ensuing disruption is surely going to cause problems for Italy.
Original title of this article was: Italy Overwhelmed as Tunisian Immigrants Flee Turmoil
"It's no coincidence that the first boats full of migrants arrived at the tiny southern Italian island of Lampedusa just two days after a revolution overthrew Tunisia's strongman Zine el Abidine Ben Ali. That's about how long it takes for a rickety, overloaded ship to cross that stretch of the Mediterranean Sea."As of the writing of this article the tiny island of Lampedusa had already seen 5,700 Tunisians fleeing the "revolution"
And, as the article states this is no coincidence, it has always been a place people from North Africa will flee too.
Because, Lampedusa's location
"has long made it a magnet for North Africans seeking a better life or a claim for political asylum. In 2008, a peak year for migration, some 31,000 illegal migrants reached Lampedusa"
As if Italy did not have enough trouble already? The sudden massive influx of fleeing humanity, would certainly exacerbate many of Italy's problems. But, not just from Tunisia.
As of today, it seems the proverbial shit is hitting the fan in Libya. Is this a problem for Italy?
Why, yes it is!
In 2008, a peak year for migration, some 31,000 illegal migrants reached Lampedusa, mostly from Libya, at a rate of roughly 600 a week — far slower that what has been seen in the past few days.
Recall I inquired about Libya the other day? Imagine my non-surprise to see this in the news today- Protests break out in Libya.
This should mean more people fleeing to the tiny island in Italy, this time the Libyan's!
Further destabilizing Italy. Did I say destabilizing Italy? Yes, because I think that is what is going on. Italy is being destabilized. Just like Egypt.
Of course, I can't be sure.
I have a sneaking suspicion that Silvio's friendship with Putin, of Russia is a factor.
What is the basis of this bond of friendship. between the two leaders?
The construction of South Stream Pipeline.
South stream pipeline is competition for the Nabucco pipeline
Actually is is a bit more then just competition. It buries Nabucco when it comes to capacity!
Yes, I am of the opinion, that we are witnessing another facet of pipeline politics!
These Pipelines will not merge at any point with one another, they are direct competitors.
Nabucco is backed by the US/EU. South stream is backed by Russia.
And.... Italian energy company Eni, is a 50/50 builder with Gazprom.
The venture (Nabucco) is competing with South Stream, a project headed by Italy’s Eni. Interconnector Turkey-Greece-Italy, or ITGI, led by Edison, Greek natural gas supplier Depa and Botas, is also vying for Caspian gas.and
Therefore, Italy is involved with the construction of a competing pipeline that is not supported by the US. Nor is it supported by the EU. A pipeline that will aid Russia in delivering gas to Southern Europe.
Anyone seeing a problem in Italy's support of the Southstream Pipeline???
I mentioned capacity, what is the capacity of Southstream?
We can read a bit more here regarding the capacity of the South stream Pipeline here- Putin and Berlusconi seal ‘South Stream’ pipeline deal. I'll quote.
"Until now, Nabucco and the Russian 'South Stream' project's capacities were considered to be of identical capacity (30 billion cubic metres a year)"
However, the signing of the agreement between Gazprom and Italy's Eni, which will more than double the capacity of South Stream, from 31 billion cubic metres per year (bcm/y) to 63bcm.
Clearly this is one big pipeline. And, in a world where "size matters" the party with the smaller pipeline will surely feel inadequate.
With much thanks to R and Hubris. Who have both offered up additional information as to why Silvio is under the gun. Pipelines are not the sole problem!
Hubris pointed out, besides the friendship between Putin and Berlusconi, forged over the pipeline deal, Berlusconi is supportive of the arrest and jailing of Khordokovsky
Prodi also fumed at Berlusconi's support for the controversial [Ha!] arrest of the politically ambitious Russian oil tycoon Mikhail Khordokovsky, an arrest that was denounced by other European leaders."
I have numerous posts here on Khordokovsky if you are unaware of this news.
R, left this comment-
"Berlusconi is against the EU Central Bank taking away our sovereign right to print our own money.Instead we now have to BUY our money from the EUCB. This causes what i called 'national debt'. The benificiaries of this rip-off are various royal houses. Qeen Sophia of Spain, Q.Beatrice of Netherlands, Draghi of Italy etc.
Read his article on the Whistler. It's in Italian but I will translate it tonight. R"
So here is the link, provided to readers by R., - The European Union Dictatorship
Berlusconi opposing the tyranny of the banksters.