Berlusconi: Mussolini Wasn't So Bad
He did a lot of 'good' for Italy, sided with likely WWII winner, Hitler
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 27, 2013 10:40 AM CST
Former Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi, foreground, sits in front of Northern League party's leader Roberto Maroni, in Milan, Italy, Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013.   (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

(Newser) – On the occasion of today being a day that ends in "y," Silvio Berlusconi said something asinine and offensive: Speaking to reporters at a ceremony commemorating the Holocaust, the former premier decided it was the perfect venue to expound on all the "good" that one Benito Mussolini brought to Italy. "Certainly the (Italian) government then, fearing that German power would turn into a general victory, preferred to be allied with Hitler's Germany rather that oppose it," said Berlusconi, adding that the unfortunate side effect of that alliance was "the imposition of the fight against, and extermination of, the Jews."

He continued: "Racial laws," which banned Jews from universities and various professions, were "the worst fault of Mussolini, who, in so many other aspects, did good." The AP notes that Mussolini deported some 7,000 Italian Jews to death camps; almost 6,000 of those died. Cue the outrage, along with a call for dear Silvio to be prosecuted for promoting Fascism: "Only Berlusconi's political cynicism, combined with the worst historic revisionism, could separate the shame of the racist laws from the Fascist dictatorship," said one opposition politician. Click for more on Holocaust remembrances.

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hog_one
Jan 28, 2013 5:42 AM CST
PLATO, so only half of the 12 million people in the holocost were "jews". I guess you would feel the same if it were, native american, mexican american, african american, asian american. These are but a few of the "non-aryans" in america and I know they help make america, america.
K.KRANK
Jan 27, 2013 4:22 PM CST
Well he's got a point about Mussolini & the efficiency of the first Fascist state at the time ;) From here: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Italian_Fascism: "Italian Fascism promotes a corporatist economic system whereby employer and employee syndicates are linked together in corporative associations to collectively represent the nation's economic producers and work alongside the state to set national economic policy." (What's wrong Wikipedia article disputer? Definition sound like it uncomfortably describes the current situation in a country you live in? ;)
blackotter
Jan 27, 2013 3:01 PM CST
thanks plato. now we know where the anti-semites hang out