Italian minister praises World War II fascists


This video is the film Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom (opening), by Pier Paolo Pasolini; on the horrors of Mussolini’s Italian Social Republic.

From British daily The Guardian:

Italian minister pays homage to fascist troops

* Tom Kington in Rome

* Tuesday September 9 2008

Italy’s defence minister yesterday paid tribute to fascist soldiers who fought in Italy alongside German troops during the second world war, inflaming a row prompted on Sunday when Rome’s mayor refused to condemn fascism as evil.

Speaking at an anniversary event marking Rome’s resistance to Nazi occupation in 1943, the defence minister, Ignazio La Russa, yesterday chose to stress the patriotism of those Italians who fought against the advancing allied forces.

A day earlier, the mayor of Rome, Gianni Alemanno, a former neo-fascist youth leader, told the newspaper Corriere della Sera he “did not and never has” considered fascism to be “absolute evil”. That definition he saved for the racial laws passed by Italy’s fascist government in 1938, which removed Jewish Italians from state jobs. “Fascism was a more complex phenomenon. Many people signed up in good faith,” he argued.

Alemanno’s comments drew criticism from the Italian Jewish community leader Renzo Gattegna, who said: “The racial laws were created by the fascist regime, and it therefore seems difficult to separate the two.”

The leader of the centre-left opposition, Walter Veltroni, reminded Alemanno that Mussolini had destroyed Italian democracy before 1938; Veltroni also said he was resigning in protest from a committee, overseen by the city, to plan a Holocaust museum.

Both La Russa and Alemanno are members of Italy’s National Alliance party, which has evolved from its “post-fascist” roots to join the political mainstream. It is now a coalition partner in the government of Silvio Berlusconi, which has been accused of a crackdown on immigrants and Gypsies since taking office in April.

Alemanno appeared to be on the retreat yesterday at the anniversary of the anti-fascist defence of Rome, claiming he had not sought to condone the “anti-democratic” tendency of the fascist government. But his party colleague, La Russa, then stood up to keep the row alive.

“I would betray my conscience if I did not recall that other men in uniform, such as the Nembo from the RSI [Italian Social Republic] army, also, from their point of view, fought in the belief they were defending their country,” the minister said in a speech.

Anna Finocchiaro, the Senate opposition leader, said: “There is no such thing as good fascism and bad fascism.”

After the allied landings in Sicily in 1943, Mussolini was dismissed by Italy’s King Victor Emmanuel III before setting up the Italian Social Republic in the north, from where the allied advance was checked. As the Germans retreated in 1945, Mussolini was killed by Italian partisans.

See also here.

Italy: Berlusconi government seeks to rehabilitate fascism: here.

6 thoughts on “Italian minister praises World War II fascists

  1. A.N.P.I.
    A S S O C I A Z I O N E N A Z I O N A L E P A R T I G I A N I
    D ‘ I T A L I A

    COMUNICATO STAMPA

    L’ANPI NAZIONALE: «Continuano a sovvertire la storia per dare assalto
    all’antifascismo, alla democrazia e alla libertà»

    SULLE DICHIARAZIONI DEL MINISTRO IGNAZIO LA RUSSA RILASCIATE L’8
    SETTEMBRE 2008 IN OCCASIONE DEL 65° ANNIVERSARIO DELLA DIFESA DI ROMA
    A PORTA S. PAOLO

    In seguito alla dichiarazione del Ministro della Difesa Ignazio La
    Russa secondo la quale «anche i militari dell’RSI combatterono per la
    difesa della Patria», espressione di un revisionismo che pone sul
    medesimo piano storico ed etico dittatura e libertà, totalitarismo e
    democrazia, l’ANPI Nazionale ribadisce quella che è una verità storica
    inoppugnabile: in Italia c’è chi si è battuto per ridare libertà e
    dignità alla nazione − i partigiani, i 600.000 militari
    deportati nei
    campi di concentramento nazisti e le truppe angloamericane − e
    chi per
    riaffermare un dominio assoluto e criminale, ricorrendo anche a stragi
    di civili innocenti e deportazioni, cui parteciparono attivamente i
    militari della Repubblica di Salò già considerati dall’allora
    legittimo governo italiano collaborazionisti dei nazisti e quindi
    perseguibili penalmente. Con preoccupazione assistiamo all’ennesimo
    tentativo, da parte di illustri esponenti del Governo, di sovvertire
    la Storia d’Italia per dare assalto ai valori che l’hanno sorretta per
    sessant’anni: democrazia, antifascismo e libertà. E per evidenziare
    sempre di più l’importanza e l’urgenza della Memoria l’ANPI fa sue le
    parole del Presidente della Repubblica Giorgio Napolitano pronunciate
    proprio in occasione della celebrazione per il 65º anniversario della
    difesa di Roma a Porta S. Paolo:
    «(…) ho parlato e l’ho sempre sottolineato anche nelle celebrazioni
    della festa del 25 aprile – a Cefalonia come a Genova − di un
    duplice
    segno della Resistenza: quello della ribellione, della volontà di
    riscatto, della speranza di libertà e di giustizia di tanti giovani
    che combatterono nelle formazioni partigiane sacrificando in non pochi
    la loro vita; e quello del senso del dovere, della fedeltà e della
    dignità che animarono la partecipazione dei militari, compresa quella
    dei 600mila deportati nei campi tedeschi che rifiutarono l’adesione
    alla Repubblica di Salò».

    8 settembre 2008

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  2. Fascism’s return?

    The airport in Comiso, Italy, is named after Pio La Torre, a leading Sicilian Communist who was murdered by the mafia in 1982 for promoting a law creating a new crime of mafia conspiracy.

    Now the city’s right wing mayor is proposing that the airport’s name should revert back to Mussolini – its title during the fascist dictatorship.

    The rehabilitation of a fascist hero and the attempt to whitewash an assassinated anti-mafia campaigner out of the history books sums up the state of Italy today under the regime of Silvio Berlusconi.

    Marita Mariani, West London

    http://socialistworker.co.uk/art.php?id=15908

    ————–

    Correcting a small error

    A small error crept into my letter you kindly published last week (» Letters, 13 September).

    The right wing mayor of Comison is not proposing the airport be named after Benito Mussolini but that it revert to its original name when built during the fascist dictator – in honour of the fascist Vincenzo Magliocco.

    Marita Mariani, West London

    http://socialistworker.co.uk/art.php?id=15966

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  3. Ho riflettuto in questi giorni, sulle parole del nostro ministro della
    difesa, e sono perfettamente d’accordo con quanto ha detto qualche
    giorno fa.
    Sarei in difficoltà con la mia coscienza se non accettassi questo
    intelligente punto di vista espresso dal ministro La Russa.
    Naturalmente questo punto di vista deve essere applicato non solo ai
    repubblichini, tanto amati dal ministro della difesa ma anche a tante
    altre persone in “buona fede” che sono state ingiustamente additate al
    ludibrio della storia.

    1) Le diciannove persone che fecero precipitare i quattro aerei
    l’undici settembre 2001 erano, chiaramente, in “buona fede”, pensavano
    di immolarsi per la vittoria della vera religione contro il grande
    satana americano. Occorre rivalutarne le figure e le convinzioni,
    magari dedicando loro strade e piazze.

    2) Decine e decine, centinaia di povere vittime della cattiveria
    umana, alcuni addirittura sacerdoti di santa romana chiesa, sono stati
    vilipesi e condannati solo perché, in “buona fede”, esprimono il loro
    amore per i bambini in forme diverse da quelle socialmente accettate.
    Naturalmente si tratta di un modo di procedere pretestuosamente
    polemico, minato da pregiudizi anticristiani di origine comunista.
    Occorre rivalutare queste persone e intitolare loro delle scuole –
    naturalmente scuole elementari.

    3) E perché tacere di persone come il noto dottor Josef Mengele, il
    quale si prodigò a lungo in ricerche scientifiche per il bene
    dell’umanità? Certo, i soliti comunisti lo hanno accusato di crimini
    orrendi, ma lui era in perfetta “buona fede”, voleva trovare la cura
    per molte malattie, voleva capire come funziona la fisiologia umana,
    quindi occorre rivalutarne la figura e intitolargli almeno qualche
    ospedale.
    E poi, sulla strada aperta autorevolmente dal ministro della difesa,
    ci sono tanti personaggi da rivalutare a causa della loro perfetta
    “buona fede”, vogliamo fermarci qui?

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  4. 2008-09-19 15:03

    Camorra blamed in immigrant murders
    Police suspect notorious Casalesi clan killed six

    (ANSA) – Caserta, September 19 – Police on Friday said the notorious Casalesi clan of Naples’ Camorra Mafia was probably behind the murder of six immigrants in the small Campania town of Castelvolturno.

    Three Ghanaians, two Liberians and a Togo national were shot dead on Thursday night at an ethnic clothing shop where local residents often brought clothes for minor adjustments.

    A third Liberian died in hospital on Friday morning, and doctors were operating on another man injured in the attack.

    Investigators said the 84 shell cases found at the scene of the crime came from a Kalashnikov assault rifle and a semi-automatic pistol.

    Police believe the same weapons were used 20 minutes earlier in nearby Baia Verde to kill a 53-year-old Italian known to have had links with the Casalesi clan, who was shot 20 times.

    According to investigators the killers may have been posing as policemen, since witnesses reported seeing four men wearing uniforms pull up in a car with flashing lights.

    Police said they believed the murders were connected to drugs trafficking in the town, where African immigrants had recently begun dealing autonomously and had stopped paying percentages to the local Mafia.

    But relatives of the dead men reacted angrily to suggestions that the killing was drugs-related.

    ”He worked from morning till night, he didn’t even stop to eat,” said the partner of the 28-year-old Ghanaian who worked in the shop.

    ”He was innocent, he wasn’t a criminal,” Another friend of the Ghanaian said he had been ”murdered while he was sewing”.

    Immigrants claiming the crime was race-related clashed with police on Friday after setting up a road block in front of the shop, shouting ”you Italians are all b******s, this is racism”.

    ‘DEAD MEN WALKING’.

    Other residents said the murders were just the latest of a series of Mafia crimes in the small town and hit out at the government for abandoning them to the Camorra.

    ”Does this seem like a normal town to you? Is it normal that 18 people have died in a few months when the town’s population is less than 20,000?” asked one man in the town’s central square.

    ”We’re dead men walking here. The state has abandoned us, our fate is sealed,” he said.

    Another elderly man at a bar in the square said it was impossible to carry out any business activity here without paying the Mafia first.

    ”We’re afraid here, afraid to be killed even sitting outside a bar. People say nothing because they are afraid of dying”. The Bishop of Naples, Cardinal Crescenzio Sepe, called on the Camorra to put down their weapons following the massacre and compared them to ”poisonous snakes”.

    ”Until these bearers of death are defeated we will always have cemeteries full of hatred and violence,” he said.

    One of the most feared Naples Camorra outfits, the Casalesi clan’s criminal empire was exposed in Roberto Saviano’s worldwide bestseller Gomorra, now also a film that won the second prize at Cannes this year.

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