More haywire history – Italian war criminal honoured
Italy has always had difficulty coming to terms with its past, writes James Walston in his latest blog post, but with the passage of time, instead of the past becoming clearer, it becomes dirtier and dirtier. It was bad enough when a street was named after a corrupt politician like Bettino Craxi. But it gets worse, much worse.
A few days ago, the town of Affile in southern Latium opened a Commemoration Park and Mausoleum in honour of a convicted war criminal, Rodolfo Graziani. The mayor, complete with mayoral tricolour sash, representing the Republic of Italy inaugurated the monument accompanied by members of the Latium Regional government and a senator.
Walston lists in horrifying clarity the inhumane acts which earned Graziani the nickname of “Butcher of Fezzan”, acts perpetrated in Ethiopia and Libya as well as Italy. By honouring Graziani, he points out, the mayor of Affile and the Regional Government honoured what he stood for.
And he concludes: In Europe in 2012, this is a terrifying prospect, not because a village of 1,500 people has a not-so-crypto fascist mayor but that there is no indignation from political and civil society leaders.
Read the whole of Walston’s blog post here.
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