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PostNew Year's Greetings from Italy; Il Tempo's Man of the Year 2017 (Eugenio Battaglia, Italy, 01/01/18 6:30 am)
On December 30th, one of Italy's major newspapers, Il Tempo, ran a front-page story with a large photo of Mussolini, naming him "Man of the Year 2017."
This is due to the antifascist/left parties, which in order to make people forget their chronic inefficiency before the upcoming March elections, have started a massive antifascist campaign calling for another law against fascism (we already have the Peace Treaty/Diktat, the Constitution, and two other laws).
The campaign has been hunting on the web for political incorrectness, denouncing the owner of a beach who attributed his success to fascist rules, forbidding ceremonies at cemeteries for fallen soldiers and civilians of the RSI, suspending and fining athletes for giving the "saluto romano" after a victory, and finally, the most stupid possible request of all, calls for destroying fascist monuments and buildings. The New Yorker on 5 October 2017 made the same appeal. Evidently such foolishness also exists in the US.
The result has been contrary to what the antifascists were hoping for, but the fools keep insisting.
Eighteen months after the earthquakes, the people in the affected areas have received barely half of the promised wooden temporary housing. Unfortunately it is winter, and the temperature at night can sink to - 10° C, with the heating systems not properly working. Some of these temporary shelters have the electricity disconnected while the water pipes are without proper insulation, so the water freezes inside them. Anyway most of the rubble of the houses destroyed in the earthquake is still there.
The Man of the Year 2017 completely solved the problems of the the Vulture earthquake from 23 July 1930 to 28 October 1930, quite a difference.
JE comments: See below. The tone of Il Tempo's Uomo dell'anno seems to be that Italy is more obsessed with its fascist past than ever before. Eugenio Battaglia believes that Mussolini-bashing today is simply a diversion, an attempt to draw attention away from political incompetence.
I'm sorry to cite Godwin's Law so early in the year, but can one imagine a German newspaper naming Hitler its Man of the Year?
A very happy and healthy 2018 to you, Eugenio!