Posted by pancho from customer-148-233-78-77.uninet.net.mx (188.8.131.52) on Monday, December 23, 2002 at 3:05PM :
In the film the Godfather, part two...there is an interesting exchange between Michael Coreolone and Hyman Roth that takes place in Havanna, Cuba. The Mob is set to create a casino and gambling paradise in wide open Cuba far exceeding anything in Las Vegas or anywhere else.
Hyman Roth explains very convincingly that in Cuba, with its friendly dictator Batista, another Western style stooge...the Mafia has what it always coveted...the protection and endorsement and active aid of a government...that with this one detail in place there was no stopping them...one day they would even get to the White House...get a friendly president in there, or one beholden to them (As they thought Kennedy would be).
Donīt look now, but itīs happened. Only we arenīt talking about Mafia hoods and famiglias. Weīre talking about a "Family" with a compound in Kennebunkport, Maine...and business ties in Texas...a family with junior partners and lawyers and family counselors and consiglieris all groomed and waiting in the wings...a Family that knows how to win elections even when they lose...A Family that doesnīt look at all like an Italian restaurant...but instead looks like "us", harmless and white.
This Family has control of your Treasury...it gives contracts to its friends and supporters and we just authorized them to spy on us and put out contracts on us...we also gave them an unparalled military to replace tommy guns and rigged explosives.
This Family has achieved the thing Hyman Roth only dreamed of in the movies. The funny thing is how this Family got back into power.
Thatīs something no writer of fiction could have imagined.
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