I can’t deny that I feel great emotion when someone, on TV or in the newspapers, talks about Aldo Moro. Many Italians remember his style of politics, his great civic sense, his education and his thickness as a free man. Commemorate it and it will always be a duty for this country. And with a sense of defeat we will continue to remember his assassination. A wound that is always open.
In recent years, the person who in my opinion has best kept the memory of Aldo Moro his son Giovanni. I interviewed him and read his books. In summary, his thinking this. Almost all the kidnappings organized by terrorist groups before and after the Moro affair (Sossi, Cirillo, Dozier, D’Urso) were resolved in one of two ways which were instead avoided in the case of my father: either through negotiation, or by freeing the hostage. For the president of the DC, says his son, neither one thing nor the other was done: Moro was lost by a non-decision, in which inertia and inefficiency accumulate.
I can add that Francesco Cossiga came to admit more or less the same thing: at a certain point the state considered Moro lost. The Moro family has always had a severe judgment against the former head of state; but even more severe perhaps the one about Giulio Andreotti, accused of lying shamelessly, saying that one of the widows in via Fani had threatened to set himself on fire in the square if any negotiations had started without specifying his name; because that widow didn’t exist.
Giovanni Moro concludes: I can say that I have not yet understood well (beyond the spirit sessions and the hydraulic explanations) what exactly happened around the hideout in via Gradoli; not to be convinced at all that the terrorists have told us everything (if anything, and its opposite), and not to accept that they are the ones who decide that what is not known only concerns “irrelevant details”; to be curious to know what role in the kidnapping remained in the background such as the brigatist Senzani or the various fugitives abroad; of not being convinced that our information services of the time – for the convenience usually described as a kind of Mickey Mouse Club – were unable to carry out sufficient intelligence activities before, after and especially during the kidnapping. They are all still open questions.
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Now we work on the needs of children and parents
Now that the lockdown has hit health goals, what is left of social goals? For the sake of the community, we closed ourselves in the house: the priority was to protect the sections of the population at risk and avoid the collapse of a health system that, fortunately for us, cures anyone who knocks on its door. With bitterness today we see that our children do not have the same protection. In the right battle for the health of the community, it is forgotten that collective well-being does not only pass from the absence of disease, but from the enjoyment of all fundamental rights including that of education. The school is a crucial hub for children’s cognitive, emotional and social development. The delay in the resumption of school activities will have a profound social impact, especially in the weaker sections, for which the distance teaching proposals are inadequate for economic, logistical and cultural reasons. Families are asked to make up for the lack of an organic project for the school, sacrificing on the one hand the educational needs of children and young people, on the other the work of parents, especially mothers, forced to choose between family and work. The Right to School campaign, which I am promoting together with some friends, like me workers and mothers, wants to give voice to millions of families, bringing the themes of school, work and children’s rights back to the center of the political agenda (www.dirittoallascuola. org).
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