ITALY: Benito to Balboland


A dowager decked with diamonds is like a Great Power decked with colonies, because she is convinced that she has to have them and it often makes her angry to be asked why. Arid as diamonds is most of the Italian colony of Libya, for most of it consists of desert sands (see map, p. 23), but no Italian would dream of not defending this colonial diadem in case of need, and to Libya steamed last week nearly half the Royal Italian Navy to escort suitably and later...

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