The troubling statements of Beppe Grillo, the rising star of the Italian political firmament, commented by Giorgio Israel.
Is Mr. Bersani sure that extending his hand to Mr. Grillo is really a good idea?
(Translated and edited from Italian by Leonardo Pavese)
A politician should ask Mr Grillo himself for an explanation. Mr. Pier Luigi Bersani (leader of the Leftist coalition) gave Mr. Grillo an opening, representing the opinion of that portion of his party who think that a dialogue with Mr. Berlusconi is absolutely impossible, while to negotiate with Mr. Grillo is feasible; and actually, as many people close to Mr. Bersani keep saying, Mr. Grillo’s movement has many things in common with the left (short of saying that is one of their ribs).
To understand Mr. Grillo’s way of thinking it is enough to refer to what he thinks about the massacres in Syria: “Those are things we can’t comprehend. We don’t know if it’s really a civil war or if the rebels are foreign agents who infiltrated that country”.
|Pier Luigi Bersani|
Dr. Giorgio Israel is an academic who teaches at the La Sapienza university in Rome, but who's better known for his books and his frequent contribution to several Italian publications. Dr. Israel blogs here, where you'll also find a link to his website and a list of his works.
The comment I translated appeared on Informazione Corretta on the 2/28/2013 (but I believe it had been originally published on the daily Il Foglio). Your comments will be greatly appreciated. Thank you.