Mafia vow to protect NYC from ISIS

Published: November 27, 2015

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MATTHEW DEFRENZA

Forum Editor

In response to growing fears of a terrorist attack within the United States, specifically in New York City, Giovanni Gambino has said that the mafia will be prepared to protect the city.

Giovanni, the son of the infamous mob boss John Gambino, a mafia “don,” claims the mafia can do a better job protecting New York from terrorist attacks than the NYPD.

Gambino has said publically, “The rise of global terrorism gives the Mafia a chance to show its good side,” and “We make sure our friends and families are protected from extremists and terrorists, especially … the Islamic State”

In an interview with NBC regarding his book “Prince of Omerta,” Gambino clarified that the “mafia” traces it origins back to the 1800s, during the French occupation of Sicily. The mafia was originally created, according to Gambino, to defend the Sicilian people against the abuses of the ruling French.

Gambino likens the mafia to politics, imploring that all things have a “good, a bad, an ugly.” Gambino then addresses the meaning of the term “mafioso” in Italian heritage, as compared to the negative perception that “the mob” carries worldwide, likening it to synonyms such as “men of honor” and “tough,” not criminal.

Now, I am not ready to absolve the mafia of the many atrocities it has committed, nor ready to endorse the mafia’s protection of New York City, but it would not be the first time in its history that the mafia has had a positive impact on society.

During World War II, the localized Sicilian Mafia, as well as many of the recognized gangsters of American history, were integral allies to U.S.

Contact the writer: matthew.defrenza@scranton.edu

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