12 years ago, the most beautiful girl I had ever laid eyes on, Victoria,
walked down the isle to become my wife. Why she would have done such athing
has caused the shaking of heads in bewilderment ever since, and probably
always will. Her paternal grandparents, quite old, were too frail to make
the 1200 mile trip to our wedding, so not too long after we were married, we
decided to make the trip to see them.
I married into an Italian family, more specifically, a Sicilian family. They
emigrated here, landing as most Italians did, in New York, and resided in
Brooklyn for many years. When I first met them, Michelino and Concetta, they
spoke to me in Italian, assuming that the dark, swarthy features I inherited
from the Lebanese side of my family meant that I was probably a paisano,
and, fortunately for me, having had several years of Italian in college, I
could carry on with them, thus receiving a passing grade for the required
rituals of initiation.
Her tiny grandfather talked on about the old days, growing up in the same
Brooklyn neighborhood with famous gangsters like Lucky Luciano and Al
Capone. He knew many of these guys, and although he made his living in the
legitimate world, got along well with them. He went to their weddings, said
hello to them on the street, would drop off pans of manicotti or cannelloni
when Concetta had made a tad too much, and in one case, mistakenly got into
Lucky Luciano's car, not realizing his mistake until he found a gun in the
glove box. And despite the fact that he was a law abiding American, raised a
good family and never caused any trouble, he carried the stigma of being an
Italian around with him for the rest of his life. It didn't seem to matter
much to him though. It didn't change the fact that America was discovered by
an Italian and later named after one.
It was and still is a racism with which Americans are comfortable. They
aren't offended by the huge amount of business created and maintained by an
entertainment industry that depicts Italians as a violent, greedy,
treacherous and lascivious people. Names like Vinny, Rocco, Guido, and Tony
are passed around in jokes without a second thought as to what the whole
business of gangsterism implies when it is applied to a group of people.
Shows like the Sopranos win rave reviews from American audiences, and movies
like the Godfather have acquired their own cult following. And to a certain
extent, it is understandable as to how it all got to be this way. After all,
the whole business involving the Italians and the Mafia is an established
fact of history, and only a fool would try to say that it didn't happen.
But imagine if someone today did try to refute it. Suppose someone tried to
sell the story that the Mafia never existed, that the whole concept had been
orchestrated back during the turn of the last century as a result of
Anti-Italianism, an attempt by jealous others to drag the good name of the
Italians through the mud and to justify displacing them of any acquired
power or influence in American society. Interestingly enough, 60 years or so
ago, when people spoke (in hushed tones) of a quiet yet powerful criminal
conspiracy organized along a single nationality of people, there were those
who denounced them for it, using some of the same arguments listed above.
And who denounced them? Members of this criminal conspiracy and the
political lackeys who were on their payroll.
They used all the familiar
terms; Racist, anti-Italian, anti-Catholic, bigot. Yet today, the existence
of this criminal conspiracy is an established fact, and only someone who is
either making a joke or else deliberately wishes to be ridiculed tries to
Now consider the upset that occurs today when someone suggests that there is
a criminal conspiracy, much like the Italian Mafia that is operating again,
only on a bigger scale, and instead of being run by the Italians, it is run
by Israelis. The reactions by these gangsters and their controlled
mouthpieces, the media, (and in particular, right-wing talk show hosts) are
almost identical to the reactions by Italian gangsters and their defenders
in the last century. People are branded as racists, bigots, jealous,
envious, and now, thanks to 50 years of daily propaganda, Nazis.
It is very effective. Criticize Israel for anything, and you will be called
any of the above and ruined for life. Consider what happened to Pat Buchanan
throughout his career as a commentator and presidential candidate. Now, as a
result of the browbeating he has received for exposing these people for what
they are, he barely ekes out snippets of the truth for fear of the backlash
that he is sure to receive. Not limiting the scope of their warfare to only
assassinating their opponent's character, they may kill him physically as
well. Consider the case of Randy Weaver's wife and son. Mr. Weaver made the
mistake of openly calling this criminal conspiracy for what it is, the
Kosher Mafia, and was almost murdered for it. At the very least, you can
expect a letter from some government agency telling you that they need to
'talk to you' about some matter, usually involving an audit or an
inspection, and the harassment will continue for years.
Tactics like these and many
others not listed are not new, although those individuals using them,
members of the New Mafia, would prefer that the rest of America pretend that
they don't exist.
What else do you call a well-run organization with long reaching tentacles
that wields silent, yet powerful influence in government, finance, and
media? An organization that extorts over 6 billion dollars a year from the
American taxpayers? An organization that can hush-up war crimes 50 years old
of such enormity that they scream out to heaven for justice? An organization
that can pick up the phone, call the President of the United States and
order him to bomb another nation back into the stone age on completely false
pretenses? An organization that deals in illegal arms sales, the sex-slave
business, drugs, counterfeit money, money laundering, prostitution and the
protection racket on a world wide scale?
Talk about it being run by the Italians, and everyone calls it the Mafia.
Talk about it being run by the Arabs, and everyone calls it terrorism. Talk
about it being run by the Israelis, and everyone calls it a wacky conspiracy
theory created by anti-Semites.
The script runs just like an old Italian gangster film too. A group of
immigrants invades a neighborhood, driving everyone out who is not a member
of the "family." Those that don't leave on their own have their homes and
businesses burned to the ground, or are simply gunned down in drive-by
shootings by members of the Stern Gang or the Irgun. When the cops show up,
"no one saw nothin" and the rest of the world is therefore none the wiser.
The Godfather, Don Ariel Sharon, "made his bones" as a young man in places
like Lebanon where he was personally responsible for the deaths of thousands
of people, as well as in the Jordanian village of Kibya, where the 101st
Israeli army unit under his command blew up 41 homes and a school, killing
53 civilians, including many children. Now he has risen through the ranks of
power, and assumes the role of an aged, overweight crime boss with an eye
for young girls. Instead of making the sign of the cross and making visits
to Catholic religious ceremonies, (a common theme in Italian gangster films)
Don Ariel Sharon wears a skullcap and shows up at the Wailing Wall with his
There are coups within the
family, where the old Don is gunned down in a spectacular, public way, as
occurred with Yitzak Rabin, and when one of their "button men" comes out in
the open and exposes the inner workings of the Family, as ex-Mossad agent
Victor Ostrovsky did, they send someone in to try and rub him out, just as
the Italians tried to do to Joseph Vallachi.
Understanding the need for political connections, the members of the New
Mafia align themselves with powerful friends in the US, and use their
contacts in the media to insure that men such as Bill Clinton and GW Bush,
each with more than a few skeletons in the closet (think Mena and Enron) are
elected, making them pliable public figures, and when they don't cooperate,
(as in the case with Clinton) they send in a girl to blackmail him, as
occurred in The Godfather II.
When other members of the
Family voice their worries about getting into a gang war with their enemies,
Godfather Ariel Sharon assures them in a quiet, confident voice as he did
during a cabinet meeting in October 2001, saying "Don't worry about American
pressure on Israel. We, the Israeli people control America and the Americans
know it." And, when his back is up against the wall and he needs to
negotiate with his enemies, Don Ariel calls everyone together for a "sit
down" to talk about peace, just as Sollozzo did in the Godfather as a
tactical move to throw his enemies off guard.
The New Mafia employs its own spy network as well, through organizations
such as the ADL and JDL, which, if not officially noted as domestic branches
of the Mossad, nevertheless do their work for them, and who, as in the case
of Randy Weaver and the Branch Davidians, need only make a phone call to the
US Justice Department to get the ball rolling in making an example of them.
The fact that the JDL was on the FBI's top ten list of most dangerous
terrorist organizations, and the fact that the ADL has been busted several
times by the feds for illegally wiretapping the phones of US citizens
doesn't stop them from getting done what needs to get done for the Family.
This notoriety has been validated recently, when Irv Rubin, a major player
in the JDL, was "suicided" in prison the day before he was to go on trial
for his role in the attempted bombing of the office of a US Congressman who
was critical of Israel. As well, recently, the ADL lost a multi-million
dollar lawsuit brought against them by an American citizen whose phones they
had wiretapped, hoping to get some dirt on this citizen in an attempt to
silence his criticism of Israel's terrorist actions against her neighbors.
Which brings us to the present state of things. We, the Americans, have been
given a "contract" by the New Mafia to carry out a series of "hits" in the
Middle East in bringing the other families to heel.
The New Mafia has done a good
job of laying the propaganda groundwork years ahead of time by bringing to
prominence ardent supporters of this crime family such as Limbaugh, Liddy,
Savage, Hannity, O'Reilly and the others. They have done their jobs well,
deflecting attention away from the real causes of anti-Americanism in the
Middle East, and instead blaming it on kindergarten-level explanations such
as "hatred for freedom" and other such nonsense.
They have polished up the
image of the New Mafia, like Capone used to do with his soup kitchens, by
calling Israel "the only democracy" in the Middle East, despite the fact
that the tactics she employs against even her own citizens fly in the face
of everything we hold dear as Americans. And, last but not least, they, the
New Mafia, have for 50 years, inculcated into the minds of Christian
Americans the idea that they are dysfunctional, prudish, backwards, racist,
and therefore that they are directly to blame for the tribulations that
caused many of them to suffer and die. The unspoken understanding operates
like this: "You owe us. We have suffered terribly because of you, and now
you are going to allow us to move about as we please without restraint, and
without the hassle of scrutiny or public criticism."
And that is exactly what has taken place.
Just like a "get out of jail free card" signed by some politician and
carried around by some Mafioso that he presents whenever he gets "pinched"
by the bulls, the Israelis have constructed for themselves a series of back
doors through which to scramble if the heat shows up.
Consider what took place in
1967, when the Israeli Air Force and Navy fired upon an American
intelligence-gathering ship, the USS Liberty during the Six Day War, an
attack that lasted over an hour and a half, killing 34 American soldiers and
wounding 170 more, and nothing, repeat nothing, has been done about it, save
a few whitewashed investigations.
Call to mind the case of
Jonathon Pollard, an American serviceman whose national security clearance
allowed him to transfer over 500,000 pages of sensitive material to the
Israelis, as well as other Americans who supplied intelligence to them, some
of which our "ally" turned around and sold to our enemies, including the
Talk about getting out of jail for free. Dozens of other instances, although
most of them not quite as singularly spectacular as the USS Liberty, (but
nonetheless important) are empirical facts of a hushed-up history.
In movies like The Godfather, "men of respect" went about the community
strutting their power and flaunting their wealth while soliciting accolades
and praise from those whom they terrorized, and yet everyone knew who they
were and what they were about. Americans today do not recognize these
gangsters in our own day for what they are, I suppose, because the modern
day notion of a gangster is someone who wears baggy pants, sports a lot of
gold chains, and wears his baseball hat on backwards.
Due to the social engineering
that has taken place since WWII, today's gangsters, men like Sharon,
Wolfowitz, Perle, Foxman, Dees and the rest of the gang could strut around
in the same way as did Fanucci, wearing a big white fedora, riding in a
black stretch limo while sporting a big fat cigar, and no one would be any
the wiser about the amount of corruption they wield on our nation, and by
default, on the rest of the world. Their capo regimes have changed their
titles to reflect something more stately and respectable, like
Undersecretary this or Minister that. Their "button men" are now called
"defense forces", and wear camos instead of expensive silk suits, and
instead of black stretch limousines, drive tanks and fighter jets, courtesy
of the American taxpayer. But the result is still the same, innocent people
are blown up and gunned down in order to advance the power of the Don and
We here in the US think that we are insulated from this, but we're not. Like
my wife's grandfather who was Lucky Luciano' neighbor, who heard the bullets
go whizzing by and saw the blood on the sidewalk in front of his house, we
have seen and will continue to see the same kind of gang wars take place in
our own neighborhoods against those members of the New Mafia that the other
families see as responsible for their own misery. And we can forget about
"going to the mattresses," it won't help, there's nowhere left to go.
Everyone has a "black sheep" in the family, someone who has earned a
reputation doing the dastardly and causes the whole group to catch the heat.
The Italians have La Cosa Nostra, the Irish have the PIRA, the Germans have
the Nazi's, the Colombians have the drug cartels, the list goes on and on.
However, we should not make the mistake of letting this consideration of
national origin nor the sensitivity of race-related issues get in the way of
us acknowledging that a criminal conspiracy exists in our midst. To do so
puts us as a society, indeed as a world, in great danger, and to ignore the
existence of such a criminal conspiracy allows it to continue in its
destructive path, like a
cancer, eating up all the life in the
body. If we, as Americans, can be brave enough and honest enough to call the
Old Mafia what it was, namely a criminal conspiracy run by Italians, than
there is no reason why we shouldn't call the New Mafia, a criminal
conspiracy run by Israelis, what it is.
We Americans, and indeed the
rest of the world, must, for our own survival, recognize the fact that these
thugs will only bring corruption and death to our neighborhoods and that one
day, one way or another, we will all be cut down in the crossfire.
"The New Mafia" is an excerpt of the work by the author "Not My Words, but
Theirs: A Christian American's Defense of Middle Eastern Culture and its
People." The website for the book may be accessed at NOT
MY WORDS, BUT THEIRS
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