Thursday, 12 July 2012
Putin´s and Assad´s "brotherhood" bonds
Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad is able to continue the mass killings of innocent civilians because of the support he receives from fellow dictator Vladimir Putin and China´s communist party authoritarians.
The real reason for Putin´s support is the fact that he is afraid - even scared - of sharing the (coming) fate of Assad and all other evil dictators, who have been forced out of power.
Putin also clearly acts in accordance with the old rules of the Italian mafia, as described in Letizia Paoli´s excellent book "Mafia Brotherhoods: Organized Crime, Italian Style":
The strength and weakness of the two mafia associations lie in the brotherhood bonds through which their members are connected (p. 17). The rite of mafia initiation establishes not only a status as "man of honor", but also a ritual kinship, an almost religious communion (p. 76), that creates obligations of correctness and solidarity vis-à-vis the other members of the same mafia family and in principle also to all other mafia brothers (p. 81). These ties promote trust and provide a basis for specific purposive contracts (p. 89), even between members from different families who have never met before (p. 150).