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The fact that Bernardo Provenzano has been arrested is extraordinarily important. He was nicknamed “U tratturi” for the ruthless ferocity that he used to massacre all his adversaries. This is a great success for the State Police and for the magistrates of the Procura di Palermo. Forty two years of living on the run are really a lot. Too long. More measured tones to celebrate the event might be more appropriate. The fact is still memorable. Even though there are those who insinuate that Provenzano allowed himself to be arrested, the truth is that “U tratturi” is now in prison.

Perhaps we should reflect on the image that Provenzano wants to offer of himself through his arrest. And what he wants to achieve. And about the moment of his arrest. This happened the day after the victory of the Centre Left. An uncanny coincidence.

We’ve got a desolate country location. Sheep rearing area. A building that is half tumbling down. A hand appears and grabs a bottle of milk, not even like the most wizened meanest man. A place of refuge that would send shudders down the spine of even the most unfortunate non-European. A squalid environment. Smelling of rancid butter and cheese that has gone off. Bales of hay. Sleeping bags covered in oil and muck. Pizzini (paper notes in code). Potties. Ancient typewriters. Carbon paper in the computer age. Prostrate cancer. Sanitary pads for use when incontinent. Banknotes hidden in the sanitary pads. Chicory. Carefully annotated Gospels, which for an assassin aren’t bad going.
A scenario of absolute squalor. So much meanness and mess. Which “gentleman” (which politician, civil servant, entrepreneur, accountant, doctor, public official….) could ever have a relationship of interest or of exchange with “U tratturi”? Who could ever establish a pact, conclude an agreement, do business with him?

OK. Those who chatter about “external relationships”, who maintain that the strong point of the mafia is complicity and the cover that it enjoys created by persons beyond suspicion, but authoritative, located more or less all over, give in: all a load of cobblers. Absolutely not imaginable. It’s enough to see the state that Provenzano was reduced to, to convince oneself of that. And those that are not convinced are mad. Or otherwise they are the usual inconvincible communists.

“U tratturi” could have provided a further service with a very clever way of setting the scene. He is one who is likely to have provided many services. And the circle gets tighter: if the boss of bosses is found to be unpresentable in society, we would be obstinate to think that it is a grave unforgivable crime to be friendly with mafia-types, to ask for them to be offered favours, to discuss such things as money, votes and crimes with them. This would be like getting angry with ghosts, produced by a mind suffering from creating fantasies. But whatever is created by a mind suffering from hallucinations cannot be considered to be illegal, on a judicial level nor on a political level. OK, then, the “external relationships” with the mafia can happily continue as a method of doing politics. Without a scandal. For the past, the present and the future. Even when we are talking about top politicians. Politicians of Sicily or national politicians.

Without good marketing, of course you can’t take anyone seriously, not even the mafia.

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Posted by: rosaria avolio | December 15, 2006 05:05 PM

caro moreno, leggo solo adesso il tuo stupido commento.
A Napoli e in Italia si fa cosi. Lo sanno tutti. Chi e' forte e ha gli amici alla polizia vince. Semmai sono quelli come te che rimangono indietro, quindi la tua e' solo invidia. Io sono fiera di me e di quello che faccio. Volevo stare con mia madre a tutti i costi. Come scrissi non avevo nulla contro quel ragazzo, ma era tempo che se ne andasse per far spazio per mia madre. E poi alla fine la polizia ha dato ragione a noi, senza fare nulla contro quello li. Noi abbiamo avuto la sua casa e tutti sono piu' contenti. Adesso i miei figli stanno vicino alla nonna e io sono piu' contenta. Perhe' te la prendi con me? Sono solo fortunata ad avere amici presso la polizia di stato, tutto qui. E comunque quel ragazzo e la sua famiglia non avrebbero mai potuto fare nulla contro di noi. Non ci vuole nulla al Sud a raggirare la legge. Bastano pochi testimoni oculari "amici", magari appartenenti alla fascia piu' debole della societa'. Io ho avuto la fortuna di avere dalla parte mia un uomo anziano e una donna giovane. Io sono una madre di famiglia... perche' mai la legge dovrebbe difendere un uomo contro di noi? E' ovvio che alla fine vince chi ha la legge sempre dalla sua parte. Ciao e non crepare di invidia... anche tu li vorresti avere gli amici in polizia o al comune. Come credi che stiamo vivendo, in quel palazzo e da piu' di 7 anni, avendo costruito un intero piano abusivo sulla palazzina? Credi che potremmo permetterci di fare tutto cio' senza l'aiuto di amici influenti? Io on credo proprio... e poi come ben vedi sono passati quasi 3 anni da quando ho fatto picchiare quel ragazzo... nessuno ha fatto nulla e noi stiamo sempre li. L'invidia, caro Moreno, e' una brutta bestia. ciao

Posted by: rosaria avolio | December 9, 2006 08:39 PM

Check out the article by Andrea Camilleri on the New York Times (April 21): "When a Godfather becomes expandable". It's a good one.

Posted by: Matteo Iannacone | May 2, 2006 11:28 PM

I don't accept that foreign countries can declare in their newspapers openly that there is a link between Provenzanp and Berlusconi.
We could talk about that in our own country but this cannot be something that we read in their articles.
Lastly they have to consider that Berlusconi has been regularely elected by the italian voters.
I hate this kind of intgerference between free contries.
If you are proud about that it's a great mistake.

Posted by: stefano rossi | April 26, 2006 02:56 PM

I am sure that my distant relative, the great Andrea Camilleri, is a visionary... he had shown something similar (a Mafia boss who gives himself up to the police in order to live a decent life) in "Il Cane Di Terracotta"... of course, something goes wrong in the story line and the boss dies in hospital but not before he has done quite some harm to the same Mafia which he had so protected in the past.

I also believe that Provenzano's whereabouts were a known fact.

I too believe that the arrest was simply a set up to be filmed and to make people think how great it can be to arrest a Mafia boss.

Think carefully... a lot was being said about Provenzano in the past two years... which makes me think that everything else was mounted.

And yes, I have to add, I LOVE this blog in ENGLISH... there is nothing wrong writing in the most commonly spoken language. Besides, M.F. Ricci knows there is also the Italian Blog... go there if you want a just Italian blog.

I admire Beppe Grillo who does not think that the world stops with Italy. The world is out there, dear M.F. Ricci.


Posted by: Joselle Camilleri | April 25, 2006 01:54 PM

Of course! I'm really getting old... ;-);-);-)

Posted by: Raffaella Biferale | April 19, 2006 11:48 PM

We are talking about the first in line down below.

Posted by: Giovanni Principe | April 19, 2006 11:23 PM

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Posted by: VideoFuner | April 19, 2006 06:16 PM

I'm evidently even more stupid because I don't understand who are you talking about...

Posted by: Raffaella Biferale | April 18, 2006 06:51 PM

Stupidus stupidantem stupidantibus!
(I secretly like to be stupid for a little while too!)

Posted by: Giovanni Principe | April 18, 2006 06:40 PM

There are stupid people ashamed to say stupid things but here there is one who is looking very proud because he is thinking he is clever. It would be better to keep silence and to ignore him but this time I wanted to be stupid too:-)

Posted by: blisco jaio | April 18, 2006 05:48 PM

Something goes wrong: I guess Provenzano had to be arrested the day before elections!
If that had happened, Berlusconi would have won.

Maybe Provenzano was thinking: "Where the f++k are policemen? They should have been here at this time!"

Posted by: pay attention | April 18, 2006 12:29 PM

I love this site in english too!
The world is small, and this site is a opportunty to SHARE opinions and facts!
We had more than 90 comments, two posts ago, and I'm very happy about it!

Posted by: Raffaella Biferale | April 18, 2006 01:49 AM

M.F. Ricci:
Why you want to criticize what Beppe is trying to tell to the rest of the world?
Maybe is not writing it well but al least he is trying to do something.
Not like your blabbering in a language that I don't even know where it comes from, just to make your point.
I think this site in English is all right because I can show it to my friends here in USA.
Sorry M.F. but I had to say it.

Posted by: Giovanni Principe | April 17, 2006 10:57 PM

@ Rosaria Avolio
SE capisco bene tu hai mandato in galera qualcuno per
impossessarti del suo appartamento????????????????
Mi sembra che tu e i tuoi complici siete la ragione per cui napoli ha una brutta reputazione e la camorra galoppa vincente,
.......mi fai proprio SCCHIFOO!!!!
E la notte dormi tranquilla ?????
ahh ! dimenticavo...vedrai che un "bel " giorno qualcuno ti sparera in faccia ( e faranno bene).
poi potro io gridare viva l'italia ( della gente onesta ).

Posted by: moreno visini | April 17, 2006 08:42 PM

Sharyn & Maureen:
I agree with you!
I think also, as Beppe said, that this miserable image which Provenzano gave from himself, will lead many people to exclude the connections between the "mafia" and politics. That's really a good marketing deal!

Posted by: Raffaella Biferale | April 16, 2006 09:40 PM

It's a bit wide of the mark to say that Provenzano had been "on the run" for 40 odd years. He was sitting tight only two km from his home and family. And Beppe is right, of course it wasn't a coincidence that the arrest was announced about two seconds after the news of Prodi's victory in the Senate.
Perhasps Berlusconi hasn't delivered the goods for his friends down south and Provenzano's "retirement" (they arrested the leader of the opposition, quipped Marco Travaglio in Wednesday's Unità) will mean the end of the "pax mofioso", that has lasted as long as Berlusconi has been in power.
Rita Borsellino was asked on TV if she was pleased about the arrest. Not exactly. She was outraged, she said, that Provenzano hadn't been captured long ago. If he had, she said, her brother might still be alive.

Posted by: Maureen Lister | April 16, 2006 08:22 PM

volete vedere come si libera una casa a Napoli? E' semplicissimo:

Posted by: rosaria avolio | April 16, 2006 08:11 PM

Having read the blog on Provenzano I'd like to comment. In my heart, I believe that his 'being
found' was orchestrated, as the 'finding' of
Saddam Hussein. These are men that are no longer
young ( read: no longer powerful . . .) as the
'mafia' is composed of men ( read: human beings)
and time has been going on and younger men have been groomed to replace fossils as Provenzano.
The ONLY thing left for him to do in order to
keep himself alive was to 'give himself up' so
that, even if he does some prison time? he will
at least have the comfort of 3 meals a day and a
bed (cot) to sleep upon. I'd say he did the right
thing . . for himself. My personal opinion is
that instead of putting Provenzano on trial, one
should look into the dealings he had with so-
called ' decent people'? Last, but not least, I
am a foreigner who speaks fluent english, italian, french and spanish. I'd like to know why
many italian nationals feel threatened by the use
of english as a means for communicating. THE WORLD
IS A HUGE PLACE. One should be able to choose which language he/she wants to express themselves
in. Happy Easter!

Posted by: sharyn gaffney | April 16, 2006 01:25 PM

Caro Grillo,
"Seggi zeneise a riso raeo, bûzânchitene de tûtti e parlighe ciaeo".
Inutile che scrivi in Inglese, mica tutti sono bravi come Te.
Perchè non scrivi come la Mamma Ti ha fatto? Grazie

Posted by: M.F.Ricci | April 16, 2006 11:36 AM

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