February 7, 2008, - 7:40 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
Tens of Mafiosi (or is that, Mafioso?–my Italian ain’t too good, capiche?) were arrested today in both New York and Sicily. It was the biggest round up of Gambino crime family members (the second largest American Mafia family still in operation–Genovese is #1). Among their crimes:
the slaying of a court officer, drug trafficking, robberies, extortion at a failed NASCAR track and other crimes dating to the 1970s.
Good luck finding witnesses not sleeping with Luca Brasi for the stuff from the ’70s.
Reading the first four pages of the 169-page criminal indictment is fun if only for the nicknames. One of ‘em, Robert Epifania, is “Bobby the Jew.” Judging from his surname–which you really can’t do with any degree of certainty, these days–it doesn’t appear that he is, in fact, a Jew.
But the fact is that while some people think of the mob as Italian, Cosa Nostra is not a strictly Italian operation (only its leadership and made men hierarchy is purely Sicilian). While the mob is a dying enterprise, the complaint lists a virtual U.N. of western ethnicities. There are Italian, Greek, Irish, German, French-Canadian, WASP, and Jewish surnames among the 60-odd indictees (over 80 were arrested today).
Included is even a “Lance Moskowitz”. Cousin of ICE Michigan/Ohio Special Agent in Charge Brian Moskowitz a/k/a “Abu Moskowitz”? Although the surname is common in Judaism, I wouldn’t be surprised if the completely dishonest and untrustworthy New York native Abu M is related. Right now, he has his own criminal conspiracy, protecting extremist Muslim terrorist fundraisers and illegal alien smugglers in Michigan and Ohio. Question is: How much protection money is he getting? Michael Corleone, he ain’t.
Not arrested today, John “Junior” Gotti, Jr. He claims he’s now clean and straight. Tell that to my friend, Curtis Sliwa.
Authorities are saying this shows the mob, contrary to my view, is not a dying breed:
The probe’s scope shows the mob “still exists in the city and the state of New York,” said New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo. “We like to think that it’s a vestige of the past. It’s not.”
But they are prosecuting crimes that date back to 30 years ago and more. I’m not saying they shouldn’t. Murder is murder, and it must be punished.
However, the mob is simply not what it once was. My friends in federal and local law enforcement tell me that, for example here in Detroit, the drug, counterfeiting, and stolen merchandise rings are all operated by Arabs and Muslims, not Italians or other mob-connected figures. Some of their profits are funding terrorists.
I’m even told the guy who is now running the Black Mafia Family (a drug ring) is believed to be a Muslim Arab.
They are the new mobsters. Alhamdillullah [Praise Allah].
No “Al-Sopranos” in the hopper, though. Because while it’s kosher to portray Italians in a bad light, it ain’t halal to do it to Arabs and Muslims.
“Bobby the Jew”? Fuhgedaboutit. Meet “Mohammed the Muslim.”
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