- Posted January 25, 2013 by
Italy: an old story.
we are in 1924, and Benito Mussolini is at the power since two years.
A day, the "Duce" (the "conductor", from ancient latin language), decidet to have a tour in Sicily, the southest Italian region, that is an island.
Visiting big and little towns, in the saddle of his proud arabian white horse, he arrived in a little country in the middle of nowhere, followed by his numerous body guards.
He was enjoing his glory in the center of the yelling crowd, when suddenly, an old man approached him.
This on was an ancient man wearing a white cotton shirt, a couple of flannel slacks sustained by brown skin suspenders. On his head, a coppola, the typical sicilian cap.
As the man started to talk at Mussolini, the crowd, suddenly, became silent. He said:
"Excellency, why are you surrounded by all this body guards?" -and again-: "Here, you don't need them, becouse you are my guest and you are under my personal protection!".
At this words, the Duce remained in silence and became so shocked and angry. Him, the dictator of the country, the head of Italian Empire, had to be treated like a guest in himself country!
When he asked about that old man at his collaborators, they told him "He is the country's Padrino, the mafia boss of the little town".
When Mussolini turned back in Rome, humiliated he decided to give the Mafia a big lesson and remove it completely from the island.
He took back in service an expert in Sicily situation and big mafia fighter, who retired in the north of Italy after years of service: the prefect Mori.
Mori accepted the charge and moved soon to Sicily to combat the criminal phenomenon using his personal and hard methods.
After his arriving, started an huge number of arrests of peole suspected to be mafiosi and collaborators.
As an example of his iron hand against mafia, for make an arrest of a wanted criminal, he used to put in jail all his family, included wifes and sons, until he surrendes at justice.
The rude, but efficient methods, where quickly and hardly driving at the definitive end of Sicilian Mafia, when this, used one of its principal resources: methamporphosis.
Infact, one day, Mori arrested a Mafia Padrino, wich was an high-grade fascist hierarch too.
There was a big process in Rome, and Musolini found himself in an embarassant situation: if the hierarch would be guilty of being an mafioso, would be evident who mafia had infiltrated in the highest grades of Fascist Party and this would notbe a good news for his future as Duce and him popularity.
He could not permit this!
The hierarch won the trial and was judged "not guilty" and Mori was licensed and sent back in the North of Italy.
Mafia won thanks at its adaptability and mimetic talent and from that moment would be always present in Italian political life.