ITALY: Show of Force

In Rome last week, the supporters of democracy displayed courage. For two hours on a cloudy Sunday, 25,000 bronzed, well-fed, well-armed men paraded through Rome. There were red-plumed carabinieri on white horses, steel-helmeted army regulars riding along in maroon Dodge trucks, grim parachutists in steel-grey battle dress, over 100 tanks (including Shermans), scores of armored cars, 80 rumbling pieces of heavy artillery, and even 150 carrier pigeons, traveling in a special truck.

The army's apparent vigor surprised the wildly cheering crowds and the Communists. Said Defense Minister Cipriano Facchinetti: "Rehabilitation of...

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