30 years ago on December 29th 1983, and exactly one week before he got killed by the hands of four gregarious soldiers (hit men) from the SantaPaola Clan (a powerful Sicilian Mafia Clan); the notorious investigative journalist Giuseppe Fava was interviewed for the Italian RAI TV by the late Enzo Biagi.
At the time of this interview, 30 years ago, Fava confirmed that “there are about 100 million drug users worldwide” according to the estimations included in the UN World Health Organisation official reports; “one million die of overdose every year, 10 million remain definitively unable to perform any sort of human activity, and the other ninety million would continuously increase”. It is presumed that each of these individuals effectively spend about ten or twenty dollars a day for the personal narco needs.
So “by adding 2 and 2”, he said, “we have about 730 billion dollars per year of pure tax free drug money managed exclusively by the Mafia families in Italy and its affiliated criminal associations in many parts of the world”. And explains that “whoever controls these fortunes is capable of equipping an army, owning a naval fleet or a private air force; but mainly would control the entire process of drug production and transportation; but also will have a say in the global arms trade dealings. In fact the Mafia did assume full control over the entire Arms Trade at least in the Middle East region”. That’s how our region turned out to be one of the world’s most significant market place for all legal/illegal arms deals, in exchange for African Blood Diamonds or South American/ South East Asian drug trade control.
While the bulk of these fortunes remain invested off-shore in the ever flourishing arms industries and their commercial trading, Fava insisted that only a small fraction would enter the country for laundering and recycling purposes; hence the important role of Finance and Credit Institutions: the Banks.. Only they will render the recycling and laundering procedures more flexible and much fluidly speedy, by reinvesting such huge sums in the real estate trading, and the entrepreneurs affairs and construction businesses. But if the Banks could properly function in the process of laundering drug and blood money, they needed the political influence of major politicians to ideate laws, rules and norms so as to facilitate their role.
Of course those politicians will gain not only more influence and power, but as well will accumulate more wealth: in terms of easy loans, under cost luxurious residences for real estate speculative gains, stock exchange favourable trading anticipated hints, grants of stock and bonds, free shares in national and multi-national credit institutes…etc. Consequently they will be subordinates to and dependents on the Bosses’ territorial control.
Since each ‘Boss’, controls in full and completely an area of 150 to 200 thousands citizens (thus votes), he can swing these votes wherever he would desire.. Not only among different parties, but as well inside a single party to favour one figure rather than another. That’s why professional politicians are not only seeking power, but along come the hunger for money.. Without money one cannot control the 150 or 200 thousands preferential votes.
Obviously in order for all this to reveal its fruits, it would require the insurance of a secured steadiness to maintain the political guarantees for the smooth horizontal and vertical circulation of such enormous mass of cash-flow.. And that steadiness is regularly dispatched by official statements as the “Stability needed as the irrevocably imperative strategic measure for constant progress and development”!
At this point the political powers, represented in the state authorities, would remain frozen, paralysed and immobile.. And the entire economy would be forced to go along the strong currents of an extremely short term financial speculative stream; eventually this entails the ‘Iron Fist’ of the Law & Order Forces.
Because unfortunately the structure of our modern political civilisation is this. Criminal, Financial and Political spheres became deeply inter-engaged in a way that are now largely enjoying a legalised ‘Immunity’ accustomed into an acquired right for ‘Impunity’..
Countries like the Four Scandinavian Democracies and Switzerland have not just well defined, but as well have perfectly implemented, the Enduring Secure Stability; and forged in the conscience of their populations its culture. That explains their constant progress and increasing development.
In the same time we are comfortably waiting by their doors, like the mendicants awaiting the grants outside the mosques after the Friday noon prayer; having totally confided our destinies into their mercy.. Simply because we have nothing else of our own to trade or barter.. And that is only thanks to the ‘Paralysing Immobility’ which we’ve accepted as the only substitute for the ‘Secure Stability’.Pass On The Word.