Italy – Against TAP, against Turkey, against the world

Rote Zora, a network of German internationalist feminist urban guerrilla groups, had a simple idea of internationalist solidarity. To strike the industrial, political and financial complicities of faraway assassins through direct action: to disrupt production by sabotaging it, to damage means and to attack those who are responsible for iniquities. These are the multifarious and varied possibilities offered to the individuals in struggle against the world.
In recent months a great deal of attention was given to Operation Olive Branch (see internationalist campaign fight4afrin) carried out by Turkey in the Kurdish territories in Syria. However, if Erdogan can well afford to set the terms by massacring thousands of human beings and rebuilding the Ottoman imperial dream, this is only because the geopolitical role of his country allows him to do so: on the one hand it controls ‘our’ western borders on behalf of the EU as it keeps the undesirable ones away, on the other it controls the flow of energy resources in the old continent. The central role in the energy sector played by Turkish power was once again highlighted in mid-February 2018, with the military block of the Italian ship Saipem 12000 (owned by ENI) in Cyprus’ open sea, in contested waters: the hydrocarbons which Italian technicians are looking for must remain in the Turkish sphere of influence, there’s no changing that.

So, if technology is not neutral, and the TAP gas pipeline supports and nourishes a certain way of life, then even less neutral can be a gas pipeline with a heavy geopolitical weight: and TAP only reinforces Erdogan’s power. To support TAP means to support one of the future elements of the Turkish geopolitical legitimization, that is to say to endorse and reinforce Turkish imperialist projects (see the paragraph ‘notes on the territories and populations concerned’ in the extract of the pamphlet ‘On the other side’): the construction project of the [TAP] gas pipeline is as much responsible for wars as is the project for the enlargement of the military base of Camp Darby (the biggest USA arsenal abroad), which has been taking shape in Pisa in recent months. Those cement and iron are not ‘only’ cement and iron but also realizations of the world, regardless of the environmental damage [they cause] and the amount of public resources [they require], which according to some would be in this way diverted from more ‘urgent’ interventions: for this reason the opposition to these project choices made by Dominion can very well overlook these aspects.
In order to attack war, moreover, one doesn’t necessarily have to lavish praise on the ‘revolution in Rojava’. We agree with the difficulties of some in figuring how a real social revolution can be carried out by making agreements with NATO, Assad’s regime or the French special forces ( To step aside and pretend nothing is going on as well as to close one’s eyes in the face of the contradictions of our times appear likewise wrong. So one needs to find a way to intervene in the reality of things, to act in one’s surroundings, for example by striking war wherever it is produced or wherever the geopolitical role of the various States is reinforced. This is our anarchist approach to reality, in the perspective to nourish social conflict.
There are many ways to articulate a path of struggle and the discourse that supports it. We think that the strength of a revolutionary intervention on reality is in the ability to manage to link different aspects and themes, which can and must be unified in radical critique, even if the world presents them to us as separate, so that our actions don’t fossilize in specialism, but they rather give us a global and comprehensive vision of the possibilities that ideas and actions have when they realize themselves in (and against) society around us.
Therefore to struggle against TAP doesn’t ‘only’ means to oppose nocivity or to bring solidarity with other individuals in struggle; it ‘also’ means to struggle directly against the massacres that are being perpetrated in the Middle East and to oppose Turkey’s or any other State’s geopolitical ambitions or military alliances (such as NATO). Similarly, to fight against war and the Turkish interests is also to struggle against TAP, as the war in Syria (and not only) is deeply connected to various projects of energy supply. As we’ve repeated many times, perhaps without really understanding it, the dimension of Dominion is a whole, even if it presents itself as split sectors. To attack an element while looking at the totality of the existent in perspective might create reverberations with unexpected consequences, which can lead us to the most unthinkable places.
Are our revolutionary projects up to this complexity, or perhaps can’t we even perceive all the richness of possibilities?
ASP – A few Students from Pisa, 12th April 2018

Translated by act for freedom now!

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