Nur al-Cubicle

A blog on the current crises in the Middle East and news accounts unpublished by the US press. Daily timeline of events in Iraq as collected from stories and dispatches in the French and Italian media: Le Monde (Paris), Il Corriere della Sera (Milan), La Repubblica (Rome), L'Orient-Le Jour (Beirut) and occasionally from El Mundo (Madrid).

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Buffoon Berlusconi Berates Bosses

Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi (who has approximately 21 days left in office) rushed blindly into the Senator Joe McCarthy Man Trap when he accused Italy's 4 million-member strong employers' federation, Confindustria, of being dirty reds who vote for the Left because they have something to hide. Granted, Joe went after the military, but there was Berlusconi swinging punches at the nation's most prominent corporate executives.

Berlusconi, complaining of lumbago (not the first blatenly obvious false pretext for a no-show), at first refused an invitation to join prominent politicians in taking questions from a Confindustria-sponsored panel of Italian entrepreneurs at the Vicenza Fairgrounds on Saturday. As the the panel was gearing up, Berlusconi arrived unannounced by helicopter and entered the forum feigning a limp and surrounded by a dozen security guards and an equal number of hangers-on. (Earlier in the day, the organizers had noticed a suspicious spike in conference attendence). Berlusconi plants in the front row stood up and cheered as the Premier mounted the stage and demanded a microphone. No sooner did he have the mike in his hands when he spryly jogged to the front of the podium and berated the audience. "You should be home at work", thundered Berlusconi, instead of wasting your time with these dead-ender organizers and whiney industrialists.

The crowd was packed Mussolini-style with plants, who cheered the Premier after every single red-baiting remark. Most of the audience sat in stoney silence. But as Berlusconi sat back down, the hall thundered with boos and whistles which the B-goons were unable to stifle.


Blogger furtherleft said...

We celebrate tomorrow one of our most revered political holidays, that in honor of Benito Juárez, the man called our "first president", who established a climate of democratic ideals and wrested control of Mexico from Europeans and until the election of Bolivia's Morales was the only full blooded native to lead a nation in America. This is brought to mind by the mention above of Mussolini and inserted as comment on how historical ideals can twist. Benito Mussolini's father named his son in honor of Juárez.

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Blogger shystee said...

Did not know that. Thanks Pocho.

Ciao Nur! I have some updates on the election: Electronic Voting Fraud, Italian Style.

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