What does it mean when a murder, for which a Roma Gypsy was arrested, inspires the Italian opposition politician Gianfranco Fini to gyrate thus?:
Mr Fini said Gypsies considered "theft to be virtually legitimate and not immoral" and felt the same way about "not working because it has to be the women who do so, often by prostituting themselves".
In an interview with the daily Corriere della Sera, he claimed Roma "had no scruples about kidnapping children or having children [of their own] for the purposes of begging". Mr Fini, the leader of the ultra-conservative National Alliance and until last year his country's deputy prime minister, added: "To talk of integration with people with a "culture" of that sort is pointless."
Fini has in the past been praised by the ADL for his tough stance against anti-semitism when he was Italian Foreign Minister, and not only because he is a strong supporter of Israel. Abe Foxman has cuddled him in public. Pains were taken by Western media outlets to assure us that Fini's National Alliance had shaken off its fascists roots. He has publicly said that the right must ditch racism, if only in order to win elections. He even accused those who opposed war on Iraq of "totalitarian pacifism". Yet, it seems that as soon as the sewers open up, his rodentine nostrils quiver with excitement until he can no longer contain himself. Or is it simply that the instrumentalisation of Holocaust memory for geopolitical purposes has insidiously permitted the persistence of deadly ideologies. The shame and disgust one would feel, and should feel, at the utterance of antisemitic invective is somehow absent for many people when it comes to anti-Gypsy diatribes. On the contrary, I've seen apparently reasonable people reduced to frothing lunatics the second they're mentioned. And you know what they froth about? The gypsies allegedly being "asocial", threatening property prices, engaging in criminality, ruining the place etc etc.