Crime or terrorism?

In an article titled “Italy: soldiers deployed to fight street crime”, the reporter describes the government measures used to fight this ‘street crime’.

..some 400 men and women are deployed at subway and railway stations and at an immigrant center. They are not expected to be immediately deployed in the capital’s historic center.

In Milan, they are patrolling the Duomo cathedral and sensitive sites such as the U.S. consulate and the synagogue.

Lt. Col. Mario Busi says the deployment of soldiers — 3,000 in total — began Monday and will continue through the week.

Okay, I live in the NY area, where we know something about street crime. If you’re having a few extra cops patrolling dark alleys and bad neighborhoods, you’re talking about street crime. If you’re sending 3,000 soldiers into an area to protect cathedrals, synagogues and the American embassy, you’re talking about fighting Islamist terrorism.

Do they think they’re fooling people by re-labeling the problem?

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7 Responses to Crime or terrorism?

  1. Dave J says:

    Ah yes, those euphemistic unidentified European “youths” and their “street crime.”

  2. The sarcasm is obscuring what you think is the real issue. Could you clarify? Because from my perspective, this is a corrupt government instituting policies that smack of fascism.

  3. mary says:

    This whole story is creepy for many reasons:

    First of all, the transparent euphemisms. Is the press censoring themselves, is the government censoring the press or are they feeding the press bad information and the press is too dumb or uninterested to explain out what’s really going on?

    Are they cracking down on terrorism, are they cracking down on anti-Semitic gangs, are they targeting immigrants? Do they have any reasons to do this, like massive numbers of burning cars? I have no idea, but whatever it is, it’s not common street crime.

  4. Infidel753 says:

    I’ve seen similar usage of euphemisms in reports about Islamic violence and bullying in Britain. Political correctness in Europe is about as bad as it was in the US 25 years ago.

    Interestingly, the ordinary British man in the street doesn’t have much hesitation in referring to Muslim thugs as Muslim thugs. It’s the chattering classes who feel obligated to use euphemisms to obfuscate the problem. My guess would be that the same is very likely true in Italy. But it’s the chattering classes who write for the newspapers and speak for the governments. On this side of the Atlantic, theirs are the only European voices we can easily hear.

    Nevertheless, the reference to the need to protect “sensitive sites such as the U.S. consulate and the synagogue” makes it pretty obvious what they’re really talking about.

  5. Aren’t Italy’s latest police crackdowns aimed at Gypsies? What’s with the speculation about Muslims? Where are you getting your information from?

  6. mary says:

    In Milan, they are patrolling the Duomo cathedral and sensitive sites such as the U.S. consulate and the synagogue.

    Islamist groups tend to attack these places.

    Italy has sent the troops out to fight the mafia, to ‘protect’ people from illegal immigrants from Slovenia and other places. Many Italians blame the current ‘crime wave’ on illegal immigrants. It’s not clear who the government is talking about

  7. That’s the extent of your information? That a synagogue is being patrolled?

    I think that’s pretty weak. And I wouldn’t be so quick to accept that Italian government’s position on all of this. Blaming minorities for an increase in state power is a time-honored tradition.

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