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According to Best of Sicily Website (2008), Cesare Terranova who is an Italian Magistrate that was murdered in the year 1979 wrote a very traumatic description of the group:

“The Mafia is oppression, arrogance, greed, self-enrichment, power and hegemony above and against all others. It is not an abstract idea, or a state of mind or a literary term but it is a criminal organization regulated by unwritten but iron and inexorable rules. The myth of a courageous and generous man of honor must be destroyed because as Mafioso is just the opposite.”

Because of the illegal acts committed by the Mafia, many people became victims of its terroristic attacks for the sole purpose of enriching themselves. As we could not deny that bribery, receipt of kickbacks and corruption by public officers that are closely associated with the Mafias is a fact of life in Sicilian society. This is how the secret society is done, wherein filthy involvement of politicians making Sicily in an economic disadvantageous position.

In addition, the Mafia’s impact to the society is so widespread and disastrous. For so many years, reports of children, priests, judges and professionals that were killed by the Mafias existed. As a reflection, the Mafia has been considered as the most enduring illegal and secret organization in the world and one of the most dangerous social detractors that confront Sicily at present.

At present, there were many Italians who offered their lives to fight against the Mafia. Many prominent politicians in the part of Sicily reported that the Mafia is already extinct but these are probably the same people who had gained from the illegal activities through bribery. It could be remembered in the report of BBC News when a style code of behavior of the Mafia was found when a Mafia leader was captured. The famous leader of the secret organization named Salvatore Lo Piccolo was arrested as the said style code was found. The most notable entry of the style code is the fact that people who had family members as police or informer cannot be a member of the organization. Obviously, the reason for this case is to keep the organization away from the hunting of the police officers and ultimately the mandate of the law.

Finally, from the start of the organization until its much-awaited end, the Mafia has become the ultimate enemy of the Sicilian society. Its growth as a secret organization may be built within pride and self-enrichment yet its strength was molded on the Sicilian culture thereby agreeing on the myth of the man of honor. There were many cases of death of innocent women, children and religious leaders because of the Mafia wherein justice was never appropriated and that is the scar against the society that the organized crime had inflicted. As such, there should be vigilance on the part of the government, may it be in Italy or in the United States so that extinction of the Mafia would not remain a myth but a reality.


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