First of all let me clear my position to avoid misunderstandings, as yes I do hold a diplomatic position as Ambassador at-large and special envoy, but of the Democratic Republic of Sao Tomé and Principe, which is an African country.
But yes, I do hold an Italian passport, although I was born in France and I’m a UK resident since 2002, moreover I have usually leaved outside Italy since young, but by saying that I don’t mean to shirk my responsibilities to express my opinion about this issue, so whatever I’m asserting here it is said on a personal basis and not official, as I’m concerned as a human being, and not just because I hold a diplomatic position.
See, I consider myself a world citizen, therefore whatever I’m saying in this contest is not as an Italian, and it has nothing to do with having to proof some sense of national pride either, but I’m simply expressing an opinion, let’s say more as a person, as a global citizen who I’m sure to be talking on behalf of some other citizens too, in spite of any nationality, because we like it or not, nowadays, any bilateral conflicts involve a global auditorium, concerning countries at large with all the implications of the given case at different levels, since in this era of globalisation, there are no more "private disputes" just between two or more countries, but it engages the worldwide community. That’s why we can’t talk about globalisation at convenience, as regardless the many resistances and obstacles we may build up to slow down the progress, its escalation process won’t stop, and it is the time we seriously start accepting this unavoidable fact as an axiom, for then wisely and truly start respecting our cultural and ideological differences and borders some; once per all! We may agree to it or not, but humanity is evolving more and more towards a path of globalisation, and that, without having to renounce to our respective national identities.
After all, the primal duty of governments is to protect their citizens from consequences of political and diplomatic failures, as result of clashes between countries.
Now, going back to the main subject, let me say that behind any political issue which involves diplomacy, are concealed secreted facts just known by the concerned governments, and which most of the time are hidden to the public, hence, it is very difficult to be objective by analysing them. In fact, mostly, these issues become complex and entangle international controversies just due to the manipulation, speculation and exploitation games which inevitably are consciously or unconsciously played by political domes and controlled media alike, and that, because of their intromission and subsequent biased interpretation of the facts constituting the issues. Result, is that the authenticity and linearity of the issues, are unfortunately compromised, by making difficult to assess the genuineness of the issues themselves.
Such ongoing, reflects an indisputable truth, which shows up defaults ingrained into our human systems of governance, because those, are based on a culture yet ruled by the tolerance, instead to be grounded on a culture of respectful confrontation, consolidated by the value of comprehension, and as it should be. Obviously, such tolerating mentality, on a long run, ends up by generating hostilities and conflicts more than promoting peace, respect, harmony, friendship relations, mutual cooperation and socio-economic developments.
(Unluckily, the culture of acting “against” something is still in force more than a culture of acting “in favour of”something).
Regrettably, facts show that the nature of man is more prone towards employing violent and aggressive actions while confronting with diversities, than choosing peaceful solutions. Unless the world’s leaders opt for a politic of essentiality by embracing a holistic vision of life, more than a politic of interest alone, conflicts and wars will continue germinating on the planet. The true nature of mankind, which is spiritual, will have to prevail upon his materialistic predominant vision, as man life all, should not be ruled by financial dictates.
However, because of the many unclear elements, and because we don’t know what the real facts are concealed behind the scenes, I won’t be able to be unbiased on this marines issue, as whatever I say here could result wrong.
But yes, and according to me, the actual Italian government should have not behave in such manner by betraying the trust given by India, but stick to a more upright political and diplomatic correctness despite any reason or claim of jurisdiction pleaded by the indian authorities while assessing the incident. We can only hope that the actual Italian government will take the wise decision to honour its engagements with India, otherwise, at this point, to resolve conflicts, the two countries should mutually agree the involvement of an impartial international arbitration, before to reach the rupture of a secular friendship relation.