Thursday, January 14, 2010
Si svuotino gli arsenali, si riempiano i granai !
Alessandro (simply "Sandro") Pertini comes from Liguria, the same region as Orietta's and Manuela's on the sea, nearby Genoa. He fought in World War II against nazi-fascism. He was sentenced to death but escaped. In 1978 he was elected President of the Republic of Italy, the seventh after the Constitution of the Republic which he himself contributed to write after World War II.
No other Italian President has never ever matched his popularity (although the current one Mr Giorgio Napolitano is a very good and decent person). We Italians were united in loving him, especially when he said something important about AFRICA, one of his most known sentences:
"SI SVUOTINO GLI ARSENALI, SI RIEMPIANO I GRANAI !"
which I can roughly translate into: Let's fuck up weapons and rather care about filling the granaries
He meant to feed needy people rather than make war. Unfortunately, his extraordinary message of wisdom has fallen on deaf ears... But in the spirit of his message we'll keep on fighting for justice