Benito Mussolini's growing Roman Empire last week grew a very little more. On Good Friday it absorbed the very little Balkan Kingdom of Albania. Only that and nothing more. Il Duce's coup was neither more nor less cynical and coldblooded than those of Adolf Hitler. But added to all that has taken place in recent months, this small plus quantity of aggression all but upset the status quo in Europe. The brink of war, already almost worn out with Europe's trembling, was trembled on once more.

No European government seriously considered jumping in...

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