Bravo to Matteo Renzi and Paolo Gentiloni. Friday night, the vote on the U.N. General Assembly agenda was very important, a resolution to start in 2017 negotiations for an international treaty banning nuclear weapons.
The resolution was approved by 123 countries. Sixteen states abstained, but 37 countries voted against it, including Italy along with almost all nuclear nations of the world and many allies of the United States, which, like Italy, has nuclear warheads in its territory.
Mind you, these aren’t the vintage atomic weapons of the “historical” Cold War, but renewed weapons systems on which the Nobel Peace Laureate Obama has spent several billion dollars. They are called B61 Mod 12 nuclear bombs and can be loaded on the F-35 fighter jet, which — in terms of “cost of politics” — costs Italy more than €15 billion.