World War, SOUTHERN THEATER: To Bomb or Not to Bomb

Last week Axis planes raided Cairo, cultural center of the Moslem world. This act brought Great Britain face to face with a crucial decision: to bomb Rome or not to bomb Rome.

Last April Britain warned Italy that if Athens or Cairo were raided, Rome would be bombed "as convenient, to the end of the war." Berlin's communique on last week's bombing said that an airfield near Cairo was raided, hangars and munitions dumps destroyed. But from Cairo it was reported that bombs had spread wider over the city, killing 39, wounding 93.

Both Cairo and Rome are sprinkled with places...

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