Title : PEACE KEEPING, PACE O GUERRA?
The first Italian peace mission on foreign soil through the live narration of Bruno Loi.
Maker of product: Bruno Loi/Sergio Romano
Format: 13 X 22
n° pages: 264
Italy is today engaged in missions in the framework of international coalitions which, though defined as “peace-keeping,” involve the use of weapons and have even witnessed moments of harsh combat, though Italian efforts have always privileged diplomacy and good relations with the population. In our first intervention with these characteristics, the “Restore Hope” operation, Somalia 1992, the Italian contingent performed a fundamental role, conducting a vast disarming operation and reconstructing the country’s administrative fabric. Even so, the Italian contingent found itself involved in armed conflict resulting in the loss of many lives. Divergences between the Italian and U.S. commands led our government to pull out the troops which successively became the object of newspaper polemics around presumed cases of violence towards civilians. The investigating commissions and law courts put the question in its true light, acquitting all operation leadership. In this book, Ibis mission commander, general Bruno Loi, for the first time and from a privileged observatory, describes the premises and course of the entire operation, shedding light on aspects till now classified as secret. The picture that emerges is one of striking topicality that re-establishes truths, recounts episodes for the first time, and delineates a typically Italian manner of taking position in delicate scenarios suspended over the vague border between war and peace.