Tuesday, 16 December 2008

Sicilian mafia reeling

More good news.

Italian carabinieriRemember in the early 90s, when Italian judges who dared take on the Sicilian Mafia were being gunned down in the streets? The news then gave me a sick feeling in my stomach and I wondered how on earth the Mafia's stranglehold would ever be broken.

I wish I could say it is now extinct, but at least we can say it has fallen on very rough times, at least in Sicily. Italy made a wave of arrests today, depriving la Casa of most of its top leadership. Again.

Italy had to call in the army at one point, but with enough determination, even an organization with such deep roots can be dug out.

The rest of the world should sit up and take notice. A mafia don is not that much different from a warlord. Or a Mexican drug czar. But it takes a massive, sustained effort on the part of both government and the people.

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Travis Erwin said...

Interesting. I've always been fascinated by the mafia.

Janet said...

Mexico should be asking for tutorials. Of course, they'd have to start by cleaning out their government, so I'm not holding my breath.


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