Regional elections in Sicily, 2012

A few consideration about what’s has happened in Sicily during the last election to decide who will rule the almost bankrupt isle. An astonishing amount of people hasn’t gone to vote, only 47% of who has the right to do it has gone, this is significant because in 2008 they were the 66%, for the same kind of election.

The leftist coalition is claiming the victory with just the 31% of votes granted, we’re talking of a very relative victory, we must admit that their candidate Mr Crocetta is a highly respectable person with a personal history of mafia-cleanliness, if you know what I mean. The media are talking about the great victory of the populist M5S too with 18% (click here whether you’d like to know who they are), this is a great performance, but in my opinion the most interesting fact is that if the right parties had gone united to this election they would have get 40% of votes and would have won the election (again). But they didn’t; they have been divided into two groups, the first one is the official one and has taken around 25%, the second one, or the rebel one, has taken only 15% of the votes.

To draw a conclusion a lot of noise for nothing, what the leftist are calling an historical victory is just luck; the crisis, the technical government, the extreme populism of M5S, the last Berlusconi’s crazy declarations, have only brought marginal effect on the typical political scene of the Southern Isle, where specific interests seem always to prevail on the collective good.

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About richardsilverstein.com file leaked

It’s news of these days that a blogger has published on the richardsilverstein.com a supposed leaked file about the possible war between Israel an Iran, they even called it a plan.

For who haven’t read it it’s a supposed plan to persuade ministers and officials who are not in favour of the war. I don’t want to discuss the authenticity of the document, which I deeply doubt, but the fact that it has been leaked to stop a war against Iran, in a contest where the aim is to promote Israeli democracy (that’s the subheading of the blog).

You could be against the war for thousands of reasons, I respect that, anyone has the right to think what he likes, but what about democracy?

When you are part of a democracy and you elect your MPs you put them in charge of all the issues that laws allow, the same with militaries, they are experts in their fields and even if they are not elected they are under the control of elected organs.¬† I think that you can campaign against them, you can hate them, you can change your mind, but I think that if you’re a real pro-democracy person you should accept the rules of democracy.

One of them says that you have to respect the majority even if you don’t like its decisions, you can oppose them by using the means of the democracy. You cannot leak a file that it’s supposed to be critical for national security, because this is not democratic, and not because it’s important for the security itself but because in a democratic context you cannot use sabotage to reach your aims, you have to accept that you are not in charge of that problem and fight for your believes in another way. That’s something really bully and at the same time hypocrite, you don’t like what the majority likes and so you decide to put your opinion above all the others hiding yourself behind the freedom of speech, but democracy is not anarchy, there are rules that you have to follow, otherwise how could you tell yourself apart from a dictator?

 

 

PS. I strongly believe that richardsilverstain.com is a fake antagonist blog of Israel, I think that the author is a source of propaganda, there are too many things that are simply too hypocrite to be genuine. Anyway the fact that someone could be a credible source of news using as subheading of his website “Promoting Israeli democracy” and then leaking a file supposed to be reserved is something that has stroke me.

 

Tough times for Italy

A very difficult period is what Italy and Italians are facing right now, in the last weeks, we’ve seen a manager of an Italian company Ansaldo Nucleare shoot in his legs; a crazy and unheard of attack to a school; a powerful earthquake in Northern Italy and a small attack in Liguria against a polling station; and a great series of people who killed themselves because of the economic crisis.

I do not think there is or there will be a new wave of terrorism like the one we got in 70s, by then there was a strong ideology, there was the Cold War, there was a climate of violence often made up by the State itself. At the moment Italy is a different country, with less ideology, where people who kill in the name of them (anarchists, communists, etc.) are outcasts, criminals and I think not to healthy mentally. Perhaps there would be other attacks in the future but not an organized escalation like in the past.

The earthquake it’s a terrible reality for all of us who live in the Peninsula, it’s our Sword of Damocles, I think most of the population has at least once in their life experienced an earthquake, it’s difficult to describe, it depends on many things, but for sure you feel utterly confused and scared, you could start running or you could freeze. Anyway it is a tragedy with no proper solution, plenty of Italians live in homes with scores of years (me too) and with no, or few measures against earthquakes, not to mention our historical buildings. It’s very sad but it’s a tragedy we cannot stop.

The crisis is pushing a lot of people to kill themselves, throwing families into pieces and leaving a feelings of no hope to the community. It is sad but I think it’s our fault, we have driven the country to a nearly bankruptcy and now the world has brought to us the bill. Nevertheless what Hollande, Obama and everyone else say if you spent only what you get you wouldn’t have any problem.

Someone else tried to use the dramatic and crazy attack of Brindisi, at a school, like a clue of their previsions, talking about the danger that the crisis and the austerity have brought in the society, before there was any evidence to explain the reasons of it. Only shame for those jackals of the politics.

Honorary citizenship to Gilad Shalit

Welcome

A very good news coming from Italy is that yesterday in Rome it was given the honorary citizenship to Gilad Shalit, an Israeli soldier who has been kidnapped by Hamas terrorist organization for many years.

Is a good news because the honour was awarded by a far right mayor (Alemanno), in a city with strong racism problems and strong fascism reminiscences, I do not want to mention the importance of strengthen ties with the Hebrew community here in Rome for a mayor with that background. Today I just want to congratulate with the city of Rome on having given this honour to a person who really deserve it.

Too many times and for too long, and sadly still now, we the Italians minimize our part in the Holocaust, even in our history text book it seems that Nazi do everything on their own, without our participation, or that it was extorting to a weak Mussolini by them. But history tells us that in other part of Europe government refused to cooperate in the deporting of Hebrews without facing consequences (see Denmark for example).

The truth is that we sent thousands of people dying only on a racist base, like the Nazis; I think that our country hasn’t thought enough on our responsibilities and guilts.

Therefore sometimes our official and unofficial position on Israel is unfair, luckily not this time.