Every now and then, for the more than 80 years it has stood outside Soldier Field on Burnham Harbor, the Balbo monument — a slender, 18-foot tall column of greenish breccia rock, perched at the foot of the bike path — has unnerved many Chicagoans.
That is, the ones who knew its history.
It was a gift to Chicago from fascist dictator Benito Mussolini, erected in 1934 to commemorate a celebrated trans-Atlantic flight of 24 11-ton seaplanes from Rome to Chicago. The namesake of the monument was the leader of that voyage, General Italo Balbo, an Italian aviator who had been central to Mussolini’s rise to power and later became one of his most feared warlords. Not long after his visit to Chicago, Balbo led the bombing of Africans in Ethiopia. As fascism spread across Europe in the 1930s, his tactics were celebrated in speeches by no less than Hitler.
Should you lean in, the faded inscription at the base to the Balbo monument reads, in part: “Fascist Italy with the sponsorship of Benito Mussolini presents to Chicago” this commemoration of a flight by Balbo “in the 11th year of the Fascist Era.”
So what should be done with the monument. In my opinion it has no place in a mongrel multicultural city such as Chicago. If it is no longer wanted there…since America no longer has to pander to Italian voters….it should be returned. The monument should be given to followers and loyal Italians and not to the Marxist Globalist regime in power. This is a piece of Italian history which should be honored and kept safe. It should not simply be pushed aside and erased as American culture is allowing to happen to it’s history as they cave in to the zionists.