Letters: Nov. 5, 1984

Mafia Unmasked

To the Editors:

The confession of high-level Mafioso Tommaso Buscetta [WORLD, Oct. 15] is a victory for Italian and American authorities. However, we should remember that the Mafia is similar to Communism, fascism or any form of terrorism. It is an alternative political system that arises out of poverty, ignorance, anarchy and corrupted institutions.

Eduardo Lerro West St. Paul, Minn.

Thanks to U.S. Attorney Rudolph Giuliani and Palermo's magistrate Giovanni Falcone for taking on the Mafia and risking their own lives in the process.

J. Scott Horrell Sáo Paulo, Brazil

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