The day of the umpteenth Antimafia commission

The day of the umpteenth Antimafia commission

They take office today, May 23, the day on which Italy painfully celebrates the thirty-first anniversary of the Capaci massacre, that accursed stretch of highway where Totò Riina's Corleonesi massacred the judge Giovanni Falcone, his wife Francesca Morvillo and the men of the escort . They believe that the somewhat watered-down face powder of rhetoric can hide or at least blur the uselessness of a parliamentary Anti-Mafia commission established over sixty years ago to counter the intrusiveness of Cosa Nostra and which over time has become a sort of cardinal's chapel at the within which politics celebrates its commitment - certainly sincere and at times even passionate - against the arrogance of the bosses and the plots of the gangs. An institutional, formal, almost bureaucratic commitment. Because, in fact, the volumes piled up in the rooms of Palazzo San Macuto, headquarters of the bicameral commission of inquiry, tell a story made up of long and exhausting hearings, of endless minutes, of ambitious agendas, of majority reports that want to understand everything and minority reports that claim instead to narrate the opposite of everything. They tell the executioner ardor of the nailed anti-mafia, the one that has indulged the theorems, even the most ranting, of the so-called courageous magistrates; and also the noble choice of those few senators and deputies who insisted on affirming the rules of the rule of law, at the cost of being accused of intelligence with the enemy. Useful debates, please. However, they have not moved the front of the fight against the mafia by a single millimeter nor have they raised the fate of those regions, such as Sicily or Calabria, by a centimetre., afflicted by a centuries-old condition of degradation and abandonment. Indeed, they ended up justifying, if not actually sanctifying, that climate of perennial emergency within which many anti-mafia apparatuses and professionals have tried and still try to hide and safeguard their privileges. Let's face it. The Anti-Mafia parliamentary commission which is solemnly taking office today has only one way to show and demonstrate its usefulness. And it is that of officially tell the country some truths of which the fanatics of justicialism and the judges who want to rewrite the history of Italy unfortunately do not intend to take note. The first is that the mafia of thirty years ago - the one that spread terror and blood with its massacres - no longer exists: almost all the bosses of that nefarious season, the last but not least Matteo Messina Denaro, were captured and walled up alive behind bars of a harsh and unredeemable prison. Sure, the remnants resist and so does the danger of sudden and bloody resurgences of violence. But the basic fact is that the state won, thanks to the sacrifice of its best men, while the mafia lost.

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