[Nicola Ferrante]: "We are in the south of Rome, the
latest threats of self-proclaimed caliphate Islamic frighten and provoke, almost like
spontaneous reaction, the attack as defensive line. It is the best way, or not? "
[Andrea Riccardi]: "The threat is strong, they say: "We are in the south of Rome, we are not
more on a hill in Syria. " But I believe, violently oppose this and think
military initiatives, is disproportionate and both undergo their initiative political / media.
It's what they want, they want to show up as the enemies of the West, gather geddafiani,
the tribes around them, make a speech anti-Christian and make a speech anti-Italian.
I think that must be taken seriously, the situation in Libya, they have to arise the level of
political intervention, it must be requested
to the various countries world to act and not be inert. But not
now we play the trumpet and talk of war. "
[Nicola Ferrante]: "The images of the slaughter
21 Coptic Christians in Libya, are a document of terror, which has for the scenery banks of
Mediterranean. What significance does this choice on the media plan? "
[Andrea Riccardi]: "Christians, Westerners, Europeans must identify themself as the Copts;
this may be their fate. I believe It is really a terrorist message over
that a dramatic scene, see these poor men, who are the poor immigrant workers,
forced to death ... sentenced to death in this way."
[Nicola Ferrante]: "What is the condition Coptic Christian Egyptians? "
[Andrea Riccardi]: "They resisted, I would say, for more than a millennium to Islamic pressures,
and just in the last century, they have had a cultural/religious renaissance, very important.
But they are a poor people, many are Sometimes the Egyptian fellah. See them killed so
It is something terrible. It is a ritual, a ritual on the banks of the Mediterranean. "
[Nicola Ferrante]: "Even Monsignor Martinelli, the Bishop of Tripoli, remains on the territory.
A presence that assumes what meaning and it suggests that such thoughts? "
[Andrea Riccardi]: "This is the Catholic Church. Martinelli, who I know and who I hope there
follow, and that I greet, is left with three hundred Catholics Filipinos, even Italians, however, are part
of his flock. The Church does not go in moments of danger. The bishops do not run away. "
[Nicola Ferrante]: "You also spoke of the so-called awakening of lone wolves, by ISIS.
How a violent reaction would favor some sort of aggregating
strategy by those interested to fuel terror? "
[Andrea Riccardi]: "The message is:" We we are coming, if you, caliphate sympathizers,
hidden in the folds of Italian and European society want to do something, you act. "
What happened in France with Charlie Hebdo and the kosher market, what happened
in Copenhagen, these are lone wolves, I mean they are people assumed by the caliphate as franchise,
They procure weapons, they intervene. But give the feeling of a large encirclement.
I hope these people are not in Italian society, and I more than one network,
I would think about crazy, about some people a little unbalanced, or with a desire for revenge,
or with a desire for redraft that convert themself to ideological totalitarian Islam and they intervene
in this way. I believe that we should not have to hurt people, that terrorism in the name
of religion, and terrorism always, is something absurd. "
[Nicola Ferrante]: "What threats are intertwined to landings of despair? In truth
landings are not new, and they are a wave, a wave of well-previous
years, compared to the terrorists of ISIS. Should perhaps change the Italian attitude
in respect of refugees and their reception? Or not?"
[Andrea Riccardi]: "But, they said Mare Nostrum it increased landings. Now
without Mare Nostrum landings have increased. So it was something that we had been told
in Europe, and we have repeated in a supinely. I believe that there is a great European
responsibility, first of all, but Europe does not looks at the Mediterranean. And then we must
commit, civil society, church, government, in Europe to make the voice of the desperate
in the Mediterranean. But then there is an Italian responsibility, to do something. "
[Nicola Ferranti]: "To Corriere, you advanced a name to handle the relevant international
issue, that is Romano Prodi. Why?"
[Andrea Riccardi]: "But look, the situation is very complex. I said at the beginning:
"Here we do not have to yell «fight»." Of course the option of military intervention,
in the proper forms, it is an option that is between the possible options; But it takes an upturn
political initiative. The UN Mediator, Bernardino Leon, did not do bad, but we need a resumption of political initiative to an higher level. Beacuse here we do not have to deal
only between the parties, but we have to deal with Turkey, Egypt, the UAE, Algeria, the involved countries.
It's a great complexity situation. I mentioned the name of Romano
Prodi, because Romano Prodi is a man with a great international prestige, which can
talk to the Russians, to the Chinese, to the Americans; He is a strong man, a man of peace and
It said he was available (we have already seen Mali) to these operations. In short, not
forget Libya, we should not reassure us, we have to take the Libyan
situation in hand, although without panic. "