Thursday, July 16, 2009

post 115. Down with the Mafia.

Posted by Beppe Grillo at 11:52 PM on
19 July 2009 sees the thirtieth anniversary of the murder of Giorgio Ambrosoli. A State murder. The instigator was Michele Sindona. It was a mafia assassination. Sindona was protected by Andreotti, a close friend of Licio Gelli, a chum of Marcinkus, connected to the mafia. A lone man against parties, P2, the Vatican and the mafia. Who has won after 30 years? The blog interviewed Umberto Ambrosoli, the son who was 7 years old at the time. Thinking of his father, Umberto says: “Defending one’s own liberty becomes the way of representing the interests of the whole of society.” Free men are born, and often they die.
Text of the interview:
Ambrosoli: When my dad died I was 7 years old.
Blog: What do you remember about that day?
Ambrosoli: There are few memories as is legitimate for something that happened in that phase of childhood, and especially if the moments are very special and unique. I hadn’t even understood what it meant to be “assassinated”. I hadn’t picked up the meaning of that word even when I heard it on the radio at a service station while mum was rushing us to Milan for a sudden emergency, that wasn’t defined more clearly, that obliged us to come back from our seaside holiday. The reasons for the murder, I only started to understand bit by bit and so in this latest book that has come about from the wish that I, in turn, want to transfer to my offspring, to show them the really high example offered by my father. Thus it is a book in which I mix the private part, that in fact is not a large part, with a reconstruction that is not new. There is no new news. There are no new documents. There are no new revelations because the nasty thing about this story is that with almost all of the details, it has been really clearly in front of our eyes since 1986. From that year it has been known “who, how and why” there was the wish for my father’s death. And it is known why there was a verdict that very soon became definitive and that “who, how and why” tells not only what was the battle that my father carried out without a great noise for the last 4 and a half years of his life., but also what was the context in which that developed. A context that unfortunately was made up of a perverse relationship between the criminal world and the Italian political-financial world of the 1970s.
Blog: No State representative was present at your father’s funeral.
Ambrosoli: Yes. Let’s use a euphemism. Dad was a bit isolated. And his funeral was the celebration of that solitude. Out of necessity the magistrates who alongside him were involved in the investigations into the bankruptcy of the Banca Privata italiana, came along in a private capacity. There was also Guido Baffi, who at that time was the honourary governor of the Bank of Italy who together with Sarcinelli (who was at that time the director-general of the Bank of Italy) had been subject to one of the most shameful attacks that the democratic history of our country remembers. It was the celebration of solitude. Now 30 years later, that has all been turned upside down. In fact I have to say since 1992 onwards, my father’s funeral is celebrated in the schools, in the universities, in the social groups and in the parishes, in the situations where there is the wish to remember that example and to make use of that story to understand how we can construct, just as my father tried to do it, the country in which we want to live.
Blog: In the last 18 years , you gave the example of 1992, have State representatives made themselves heard? Some politician, some Minister…
Ambrosoli: Given that it is the State apparatus that should show solidarity, that is the representatives and not those who are represented that are 2 levels to be kept distinct at least up to a certain point, I like to remind people that at the time of the twentieth anniversary of my father’s death – 10 years ago – the Minister of Justice of that time – in a ceremony that took place on Lake Maggiore in the village where my father spent most of his childhood, in the presence of Giovanni Maria Flick (President of the Lower House at that time) on the one hand and Luciano Violante on the other hand, Minister Flick said it was necessary to publicly ask for the State to be pardoned by the State. And that seemed to me to be a really great summary, because you see as a son, that they say sorry to me because for a period of time they forgot the example offered by my father, or at least that they didn’t draw the conclusions that they should have drawn from that story, certainly makes me proud and goes beyond that. However if I consider that as a citizen, in truth I understand how the State is, the State understood as all of the communities together, that has to be asked for pardon. Because it is to the State, that that story has to be presented, it is to all of us, that that story has to be presented, and if that, like others, is not represented as an example, it is precisely doing damage to the State.
Blog: Your father died because anyway he had sound principles. He didn’t allow himself to be corrupted.
Ambrosoli: He didn’t allow himself to be corrupted, he didn’t allow himself to be threatened, or at least he didn’t behave differently from how he felt he should in the face of threats, but he is an example of a free man.

P.S.-: Mafiosi, how about employing me to teach you how to reform yourselves, you miserable goat-herders and sewer-rats, abomination of the West, Satanic Vomit & Escreta!.


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