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Sun Jan 27, 2013, 11:40 AM

Berlusconi Defends Mussolini For Backing Hitler

BERLUSCONI DEFENDS MUSSOLINI FOR BACKING HITLER
By FRANCES D'EMILIO
Jan. 27 11:28 AM EST



Former Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi, foreground, sits in front of Norther League party's leader Roberto Maroni in Milan, Italy, Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013. Silvio Berlusconi says Benito Mussolini did much good, except for dictator's regime's anti-Jewish laws. Berlusconi also defended Mussolini for siding with Hitler, saying the late fascist leader likely reasoned that German power would expand so it would be better for Italy to ally itself with Germany. He was speaking to reporters Sunday on the sidelines of a ceremony in Milan to commemorate the Holocaust. When Germany's Nazi regime occupied Italy during World War II, thousands from the tiny Italian Jewish community were deported to death camps. In 1938, before the war's outbreak, Mussolini's regime passed anti-Jewish laws, barring them from universities and many professions, among other bans. Berlusconi called the laws Mussolini's "worst fault" but insisted that in many other things, "he did good."

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ROME (AP) Former Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi praised Benito Mussolini for "having done good" despite the Fascist dictator's anti-Jewish laws, immediately sparking expressions of outrage as Europe on Sunday held Holocaust remembrances.

Berlusconi also defended Mussolini for allying himself with Hitler, saying he likely reasoned that it would be better to be on the winning side.

The media mogul, whose conservative forces are polling second in voter surveys ahead of next month's election, spoke to reporters on the sidelines of a ceremony in Milan to commemorate the Holocaust.

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/berlusconi-defends-mussolini-backing-hitler

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Sun Jan 27, 2013, 11:50 AM

1. LOL. Isn't he the horny nutjob who left office in disgrace?

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Sun Jan 27, 2013, 11:58 AM

2. I guess that's why he was treated with such respect at the end of his reign.

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Sun Jan 27, 2013, 12:17 PM

3. wow each name in that headline takes one farther down the shit ladder

BERLUSCONI DEFENDS MUSSOLINI FOR BACKING HITLER WHO LOVES TED BUNDY FOR HAVING SATAN'S BABIES.

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