One of the most intriguing aspects of the Italian society is its ability to produce unbearable arrangements and to treat them as something normal.
Comparing the aftermaths of two similar events, one in US and other in Italy, one could easily see that the Italian rule of law is something quite particular…
Let’s go for the facts:
In 1981, John Hinkley Jr. shot twice Ronald Reagan, then the US president. Hinckley Jr. was prosecuted, but as declared legally insane, he did not go to the prison. Nevertheless, since then he is locked inside an psychiatric hospital, with no parole, no mercy.
In 1977, leftist terrorists kidnapped Aldo Moro, a former Italian prime minister, and then a top politician. After 55 days, Aldo Moro was killed with 10 rounds, while tied with ropes and covered with a blanket. The killer was Mario Moretti, who was later arrested and condemned to six life sentences. But after 15 years behind bars, he was paroled and freed in 1998. Now he works as an state employee, managing an IT lab at the Lombardy region.
Stating things even more clearly, Mario Moretti:
- Cowardly killed a human being;
- Attempted to destroy Italian democracy, targeting to transform Italy into a communist country;
- Attacked the Italian state and the Italian people, not only a politician;
- Was condemned to six life sentences;
- Now works for the Italian government, receiving money from the same entity he tried to destroy.
At the same time, almost every city in Italy has a park, a street or a building called Aldo Moro. In Italy, it seems to be easier to honor Aldo Moro’s memory with a fancy inauguration than to make justice prevails. The arrangement is this: everybody feigns a normal life while the terrorist is rewarded.