‘Mafia Effect’ Keeps Islamic Terrorism at Bay in Italy: Report

Italy has managed to avoid the brutal consequences of Islamist terrorism thanks to its decades-long war on powerful organized crime, according to a new article in the UK-based Economist magazine.

“The fight against Italy’s formidably organised criminals has given its police a wealth of experience in monitoring tightly knit target groups,” the article states. “It was enhanced by the campaign to subdue the left- and right-wing terrorists who wrought havoc in Italy in the 1970s and 1980s.”

  • Dana Garcia

    It’s true, Islam behaves a lot like organized crime.

    • Brett McS

      For example, the Jizya is literally a protection racket.

      • UCSPanther

        It is, and it is no guarantee that Jihad won’t proceed against you, even if you paid in full…

  • Alain

    Well in spite of a long tradition of organised crime in Quebec, it didn’t help there.

  • ismiselemeas

    More like the Mafia is doing the cops’ jobs for them by taking care of the competition.

  • Frances

    I once read a book which asserted that the Allied invasion of Sicily and later mainland Italy was only possible because the Americans got the Mafia onside. The book was rather vague as to how, but presumably concessions were made regarding investigations and prosecutions in the USA, and the American Mafiosi responded by telling their Italian associates to co-operate.

    • UCSPanther

      Some of it involved cutting a deal with legendary mob boss Charles “Lucky” Luciano. Luciano knew some fellow mob goons in his old homeland and US intelligence was able to enlist their help in that manner.

      After the war, Luciano was exiled to Italy where he lived out his days and was regarded as a bit of celebrity, although his continued involvement with the criminal underworld continued to cause him legal grief.

      The Sicilian Mobs are known to be very mercenary through and through. and don’t seem to care about ideology, as long as they can profit off it and it doesn’t attack them. I suspect that the only reason why the Mobs were dead-set against both Mussolini’s Fascists and the Nazis was that both picked a fight with them.

      • Frances