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Mon Feb 11, 2013, 12:43 PM

Facism mounts a comeback in Italy

Monday, Feb 11, 2013 10:18 AM CST
Facism mounts a comeback in Italy

Benito Mussolini casts a long shadow on the country's forthcoming presidential elections
By Paul Ames

ROME, Italy — Its hard to avoid Benito Mussolini in Italy these days.

Pull into a gas station in rural Umbria and the black-shirted dictator glares down from the labels of special-edition wine bottles; browse souvenir shops in Basilicata and there’s a phalanx of fake-marble busts of the bald-headed Duce; hunt through Roman antique stores and its easy to uncover hoards of Mussolini memorabilia.


Mussolini has always had a loyal following among the far-right fringe in post-War War II Italy. But now, even many ordinary Italians are defending the father of Fascism as a good leader with sound social policies and a knack for making trains run on time. Later, they say, he was led astray by Hitler and pressured to imposing the anti-Jewish 1938 Laws for the Defense of the Race.

Italy’s best-known politician of the current generation chose Holocaust Memorial day to echo such sentiments.

“The racial laws were the worst fault of Mussolini, who in so many other ways did well,” former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said at service on Jan. 27 to remember the 7,500 Italian Jews killed in the Holocaust.


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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 01:30 PM

1. Fascism always had a home in "Propaganda Due": the clandestine Masonic lodge

of Italian industrialists, nobility, jurists and Generals - among whose known and proven membership appears one Silvio Berlusconi. The P2 Lodge's ties to organized crime in Italy are well established, and it also has had connections outside Italy with far right paramilitary groups in Uruguay, Argentina and Brazil - and with Rightist governments accused of political murder.

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Response to kenny blankenship (Reply #1)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 09:25 PM

2. Actually, the Masonic Lodge part is incorrect

Calling it a Masonic Lodge is just echoing the Propaganda meant to confuse people into thinking the Freemasons had something to do with it. In fact, it is a Lodge of the Knights of Malta, to which Silvio and all the others belong to. They are the sworn enemy of Freemasonry. The Knights of Malta are the people that put Hitler in Power. The Knights were also behind the plot against FDR.

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