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al-Qa'bong
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posted 25 November 2003 02:00 AM      Profile for al-Qa'bong   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Israeli government officials and opposition leaders have met the leader of Italy's neo-fascist National Alliance party, Gianfranco Fini.

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Meretz leader Yossi Sarid also criticised the visit, calling it “opportunistic” and “a concordance of interests”.

"It's a shame, a real shame," he said. "The battle against anti-Semitism has to be waged from a firm base of values and principles. If the world senses that it is a political, cynical and opportunist Israeli fight, its foundations will be shaken and it will completely lose its moral validity."

One Israeli spokesman, who asked for anonymity, argued that “Fini has been reformed”.

However, when asked whether Fini was still sympathetic to the legacy of Italian fascistic movement, the Israeli spokesperson remarked that “the important thing is that he supports Israel. We can’t reject or rebuff foreign leaders as long as they support our country. Other aspects of their ideology is none of our business”.


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If the world senses that it is a political, cynical and opportunist Israeli fight...

I'm fairly sure that among the majority of babblers that ship has long since sailed.

[ 25 November 2003: Message edited by: al-Qa'bong ]


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DrConway
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posted 25 November 2003 02:12 AM      Profile for DrConway     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Have I stepped through the looking glass?

It is of ironic historical note that before Mussolini got stars in his eyes when he met Hitler, "Musso" often bragged that Italians were the least anti-Semitic of Western European peoples.


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Michelle
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posted 25 November 2003 08:21 AM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
quote:
Originally posted by DrConway:
Have I stepped through the looking glass?

Of course, Alice! You're in Wonderland!


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Gir Draxon
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posted 27 November 2003 05:27 AM      Profile for Gir Draxon     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
quote:
Originally posted by DrConway:
Have I stepped through the looking glass?

It is of ironic historical note that before Mussolini got stars in his eyes when he met Hitler, "Musso" often bragged that Italians were the least anti-Semitic of Western European peoples.


I thought it was young Adolf who got his inspiration from that dashing man named Mussolini....

Or at least thats what I remember from high school social studies class.


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DrConway
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posted 28 November 2003 01:10 AM      Profile for DrConway     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Mussolini took power in 1922 in Italy. This was years before Hitler even made any kind of a splash at all on the German political scene, and even after 1925, Hitler was largely regarded as a crackpot, and deservedly so.

Musso's idea of fascism was, as he termed it, "corporatism", by reorganizing Italian society along lines favorable to strictly hierarchical, command-and-control type methods common to industry at the time.

I'm not sure what his idea was, but I think he thought it was more "efficient" or something.

Anyway, it's true that before about 1936, Mussolini had very little to say on the subject of religious discrimination, although he certainly didn't mind sending Italian troops to invade African countries and whatnot.


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