The Colombo family boss Carmine “The Snake” Persico died last week. The last tie to the ‘Golden Age’ of the mafia is gone. And maybe so is the Italian mob’s stranglehold on the American imagination.
While older generations may know everything there is to know about the quotable mafia flick, millennials may have yet to bask in the glory of Marlon Brando’s mystifying role.
The analogue is so close that, reading public statements from the early 1970s and replacing ‘Italian’ with ‘Muslim,’ you’d be hard-pressed to spot the incongruence.
Italian mobsters appear to be trading weapons from Russian criminals to ISIS in exchange for antiquities looted from Syria and Lebanon. This contradicts ISIS’s pretense of religious purity.
If Donald Trump wants to be a serious candidate for president, we deserve to know more about his business with mass murderers whose plunder of public and private funds added up to billions.
What happened when a Hugo Chavez wannabe attempted to replenish state coffers by seizing a private U.S. company’s cash.
The Obama administration’s IRS, Benghazi, Fast and Furious, NSA wiretapping, and other scandals aren’t aberrations. They’re mafia-style governance.
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