But does Pisa really need a new mega military base? We think not: neither in Coltano nor elsewhere. With the withdrawal of the Dpcm, the removal of the idea of a military base in Coltano in the area of del Parco, requested by the mobilization and the subject of national discussion, is still not certain, but proposals to remove the mega base are popping up like mushrooms, always in the territory municipal, and the most popular seems to be the Ospedaletto area. But what to serve in Pisa? Barracks (for soldiers who already have their own facilities) or public health, better school system, efficient with tramways, buses, cycle paths, security, social housing and student mobility? If public money is spent on one thing, there is nothing else. Unthinkable that PNRR funds were used for a military area, it was unthinkable to plan it (as has been done, unbeknownst to the Pisans, for more than a year) in an area linked to the Park. But it is still possible, and this says a lot about the Draghi government, which is now far below its task. It is not time to outreach the offering other necessary are for a settlement, nor productive, only cement and useless consumption of land. But there are those who hasten to make a headline in the newspapers, as if who knows what opportunity were being lost, or bowing to who knows what lobbying pressure. Among these, the mayor Conti, who after weeks of silence, comes out of the last second battle almost registering a won one, also proposing alternative solutions in the city. If we must speak of barracks, we should rather obtain the conversion of the Bechi Luserna, on the Aurelia, of the Artale in Santa Maria, for public use (and not speculative as in the former Military District). Pisa already hosts the largest military base in Tuscany, mainly used by the United States army. At a time when the risks of war with the Russian invasion of Ukraine increase, it is better to stop the hasty rush to military bases, whatever it is.
* Italian Left Coordinator