Sixteen-year-old Melissa Bassi was killed by a terrorist bomb outside her school in Brindisi, Apulia.
May 25, 2012
Horror in Brindisi, Apulia
By Niccolò Graffio
On Saturday, May 19th in the city of Brindisi, Italy, Hell was in session! In what can only be described as a despicable act, someone detonated a powerful bomb that was left near a waste receptacle located just outside the Francesca Morvillo Falcone secondary school. The blast has killed at least one person and wounded at least seven others.
The bomb detonated at 7:45 AM local time when students were showing up to enter the school. Police report the timing and location of the blast, plus the fact the bomb appears to have been electronically detonated, strongly implies the perpetrator(s) meant to murder students. It is being treated as a terrorist incident.
Killed was 16-y.o. Melissa Bassi. Her friend Veronica Capodieci was critically injured, and reports are conflicting at this time if in fact she has since died from the injuries she suffered from the blast. It is reported another girl may have to have both of her legs amputated, and another sustained serious injuries to her chest. According to some police reports, the crude but powerful bomb was made of three gas canisters
Surveillance videos showed suspicious individuals in the vicinity prior to the blast. Police questioned two men but later released them due to lack of evidence. No one has been arrested yet and authorities are entertaining several hypotheses. Some speculate the blast may be the work of ultra-leftists linked to the shooting of a nuclear company executive two weeks earlier. Others believe it may be the work of the Sacra Corona Unita (SCU) or United Sacred Crown, a Mafia-like organization that operates in Apulia. Individuals known to be associated with the SCU have strongly denied this, however and have condemned the attack.
The Francesca Morvillo Falcone secondary school was named in honor of the wife of legendary anti-Mafia prosecutor Giovanni Falcone of Sicily. She, like her husband, was also a crusading anti-Mafia magistrate and was murdered along with him and their three bodyguards on May 23rd, 1992. The fact this new blast comes almost 20 years to the day of the one that murdered the Falcones and their bodyguards has fueled suspicions this may be the work of organized crime.
The attack has shocked Italy! Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti, who was in the United States for a NATO summit, cut short his visit to return home to attend Ms. Bassi’s funeral. He ordered flags throughout the country flown at half-mast for three days. Many in the country rightfully fear a return to the violence that plagued the country in the early 1990’s.
The vile nature of this attack, whoever did it, clearly demonstrates the haphazard style of law enforcement that has existed in Italy for decades has been a miserable failure. No one is suggesting a return to the draconian excesses of the Fascist regime of Benito Mussolini, but it should be obvious capital punishment should be reserved for the most heinous offenses, such as the Brindisi school bombing. Such a system works quite well in Japan.
Polls show, however, the majority of people in Italy are opposed to capital punishment. No doubt this is due to successful inculcation of Fabian ideals by the country’s educational system; another example of cultural hegemony. Southern Italians like young Melissa Bassi suffer and die as a result. Horrific incidents like this will be part of the landscape for quite some time, unfortunately, until our people can reclaim their independence and establish a sane system of jurisprudence. Such a system would have zero tolerance for political extremists and Mafia-type thugs.