Italy, country of the renaissance — and Berlusconi

Posted on Nov 09, 2011 by in Letters

The Italian commedia dell'arte starring Sylvio Berlusconi as head clown begins to bear fruit -- strange and bitter fruit -- worldwide. Clown, mafioso, master manipulator, whoremonger, cancer at the heart of the Italian political system (if there is one) -- Sylvio's years long reign in Italy appears to be coming to an end.  Always more interested in putting notches on his pistol handle than handling the Italian economy Sylvio has promised to resign.  These promises are about as good as Assad's promises in Syria.  Sylvio will wriggle and squirm -- but if he really goes out of office it will be to court for numerous trials and, if justice is done, to prison.  Only his parliamentry immunity has kept him out of jail -- that and the impotence of the Italian justice system.

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