Anti-Mafia magistrate Nino Di Matteo is presiding over an ongoing trial involving an alleged deal between the Sicilian Mafia and government officials to end the mob's stragismo -- strategy of terror -- against the state in the early 1990s which included the 1992 murders of anti-Mafia judges Paolo Borsellino and Giovanni Falcone in separate bomb attacks, and Di Matteo says that organized crime cannot exist without public corruption as reported by euronews:
"Much has been done to attack organised crime but we are now at a point where there will really have to be a breakthrough. We have to attack not only the military aspect of the Mafia but also and above all the collusion that exists between the Mafia and politics, between the Mafia and businesses and between the Mafia and the public authorities.
"In order to achieve this, the political approach should also be different. The fight, for example, against corruption or against Mafia vote-buying, has to be made more incisive. The fight against the Mafia and the fight against corruption cannot be considered as two different things because it is precisely through corruption and other crimes that are typical of the public authorities that the Mafia is able to penetrate the public authorities, the local authorities and the political institutions. If no really effective and strict laws to repress corruption are passed, I am afraid that the relationships between the Mafia and the institutions will never be severed."
At the end of the day the Mafia exists only with the public's blessing, and the good citizens must honestly face their own complicit roles in allowing it to operate as a fourth branch of government by their apathetic acceptance of dirty politicians and corrupt institutions.
Get angry, people.
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