Judiciary Reform begins in Italy
By Guido George Lombardi
After years of vitriolic battles, the reform of the justice system seems, finally, to have past the starting line. With a vote of 314 to 296, the Italian House, at 8:30 pm, after days of bitter political battles in the media and even on the streets, did pass Article 3 of the new law, introducing a “short prescription” for some limited trials. This law may also help people like Amanda Knox, a 21 year old American girl being convicted and now held in prison by (at least) very “circumstantial” evidence.
The Italian Justice system is one of the most archaic and slow (lethargic would be a better word, 10-15 years for resolution of a trial are the norm !) in all of Europe. So much so that the European Union has fined Italy hundreds of times (for a total of over 120 million Euros, approximately US $ 170 million) for its tardiness.
Of course the left, socialists and former communists, claims that the law favors Prime Minister Mr. Silvio Berlusconi, and its ongoing fights in Italian Courts.
The truth can be read, loud and clear, in the great popular support that both the PM and his party, PDL (People for Freedom), continue to register, year after year. Unfortunately most of the international media, and some foreign reporters continue to repeat the distorted view of the extreme left. The Italian communist party changed name, to become, at first the DS (Democrats of the Left), and now the PD (Democratic Party), but when you go to all of their rallies you find the old red flags, most with the hammer and sickle.
Mr. D’Alema, a former PM, often defines himself as “a true Bolshevik.” Of course in the USA we do not often hear these little gems. Northern League leader and Coalition partner Mr. Umberto Bossi declared himself “pleased.” The opposition and some judges, tied to the old system by habit and sometimes by various interests, were not so pleased. Everyone of the 630 members of the House voted, now the vote passes to the Senate where the Government has an ever stronger and secure majority.
“Finally a law that puts Italy in step with Europe.” declared PM Silvio Berlusconi. Coalition partner Sen. Umberto Bossi said: “this vote tells us that the numbers are there.” On the question on the fear of prison releases by virtue of this law, Bossi added: “they are all propaganda games, the left made this (passage of the law) a battle to the death. And lost big time.”
Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, President of the Cei (the Bishops’ Conference), was quoted as saying that: “We need greater serenity in Italian politics. Beyond all, it is important for the country to have different, but always sharing and constructive voices. Above all we must desire the realization of the common good.”
On Tuesday Prime Minister Berlusconi met with members of the press.
“It is a war. A real war for freedom and democracy,” Silvio Berlusconi declared repeatedly, gripping his microphone. During a rare encounter with more than 20 foreign reporters, Italy’s first truly conservative Prime Minister might have been talking about the anti-regime rebellions sweeping the Arab world. But he was referring to his coalition’s war with the new “communists” – nearly two decades after the collapse of the Italian Communist party – particularly those judges and prosecutors he sees as bent on toppling his government illegally. Also in the USA, even if many will still find it something short of science-fiction, there are people bent on trying to control our Government, and the millions of Glenn Beck viewers know very well the sad and sordid details of those trying to use our very own laws against true patriots, Constitution defenders and fighter for all the freedoms outlined in our Declaration of Independence.
Fielding questions for four hours, Mr. Berlusconi, 74, sounded like a man obsessed with preserving freedom and legality, forced (by the liberal media) to even defend the Government position regarding the illegal invasion by thousands of Libyans, Tunisians and other North African and Arab immigrants.
Also the US if facing similar challenges and together, with a genuine conservative leader and true friend of the American people like Mr. Berlusconi, we will be able to defeat the enemies of democracy, and build a better world.
Guido Lombardi is an international political & business consultant, specializing in Italy, the United States, and Israel. His most recent book The Value Matrix 2.0 (released Feb. 2011) has garnered high praise from the likes of Donald J. Trump and Daniel Abraham. Mr. Lombardi is currently available to speak to universities, community groups, strategic studies groups, and business conferences throughout the United States. For more information please visit http://www.guidolombardi.org .