Google thinks that means Roberto Formigoni and so do I. One year ago FreeRepublic.com
posted an effort to translate the list of people who got free (but not valueless) rights to buy oil from Iraq under the oil for food program. The list was published by an Ahmed Chalabi affiliated newspaper in Iraq. Chalabi to freerepublic is not exactly the most reliable sourcing. However I was interested that the
list included one Roberto Frimigoni, who does not, as far as anyone can tell actually exist.
So who is Roberto Formigoni ? He is the founder and leader of “communione e liberazione” a very devoutly catholic organisation which has a history of dubious financing. As such he became a rather prominent Christian Democratic politician. When the party collapsed he went with a splinter that was un-alligned then a sub-splinter allied with Silvio Berlusconi and finally a sub-sub-splinter allied with Silvio Berlusconi. In this capacity he was elected and re-elected president of Lombardy.
For some reason which I can’t understand, Formigoni uses every available opportunity to attack Rosy Bindi formerly health minister in the Prodi government. The obsession is particularly irritating, since he begins his attacks by saying that she divides the world into good people like her and bad people like her opponents. Aside from that, my most vivid memory of his service as president of Lombardy was when he said that Bindy was profiting from tragedy when she noted (correctly) that responsibility for inspecting a high preassur oxygen chamber which burned killing patients belonged the region. Formigoni insisted that the chamber had been inspected thoroughly. He had to revise his assertion when it was noted that the facility included two pressure chambers of which only one was licensed and that the thorough inspectior had failed to notice the second chamber (which is roughly the size of a beached wale).
In his capacity as a very devout catholic he followed the Pope in denouncing desert storm and then sanctions on Iraq. He was, in 1991, perhaps the most prominent and eloquent Italian opponent of Desert Storm over shadowing the Italian left which was divided and confusing Needless to say, like 80% of Italians he was opposed to Bush Jr’s invasion.
The sudden explosion of evidence and allegations against Formigoni is, for him, unfortunately timed since he is up for re-election in two months. My original post in Italian below the fold.
Dio Denaro C’e ‘
Chi ? Roberto Frimigoni?
FreeRepublic.com ” A Conservative News Forum” ha tradotto il rapporto del 25 gennaio 2004 nel giornale iracheno ?al Mada? che contiene una lista di quelli a cui il regime di Saddam Hussein ha dato buoni per l’acquisto del petrolio. I buoni hanno dato ai portatori il diritto di comprare il petrolio iracheno come previsto dal programma “oil for food”. Hanno avuto un valore di mercato approssimativamente fra 5 e 50 centesimi per ogni barile. I regali sono misurati in barile che potrebbero essere comprati. I diritti a 1,000,000 barile varrebbero da $50.000 a $500.000.
Il nome sulla lista che mi interessa pi? ? quello di un italiano di cui il nome ? traslitterato dall’arabo da FreeRepublic.com come Roberto Frimigoni e che ha ricevuto il diritto a 1,000,000 barile.
Credo che questa trascrizione scorretta si riferisca a Roberto Formigoni. Vi ricordate la sua opposizione contro “Desert Storm”. Era basata soltanto sui principi cattolici o ha avuto un ruolo l’interesse economico ?
Questa potrebbe essere una sfida per la fede di alcuni cattolici. Il Presidente Formigoni pu? rincuorarsi del fatto che il pensiero che potrebbe essere inchiodato per aver ricevuto doni da Saddam Hussein mi ha causato la speranza, per la prima volta nella mia vita, che Dio c?