ITALY: The Maffia

A sprightly young political movement (resurgent Sicilian separatism) and one of Italy's most venerable criminal corporations (the Maffia) had got together to stir up trouble in Sicily for Premier Ivanoe Bonomi's somewhat rachitic Government. Always the separatists had had to make their trouble against odds. The Maffia was a powerful ally.

Some 15 years ago Benito Mussolini tried and failed to destroy the Maffia. He jailed its leaders in cages, marched them in chain gangs through the streets. But at last he had to concede: "The struggle against the Maffia will cease, not when the Maffia has ceased to...

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