THE MEDITERRANEAN: No War, No Peace

"Without a navy," Admiral Jean Fran-gois Darlan once said, quoting Richelieu, "one can neither carry on a war nor profit by a peace." Last week the British Navy rode the Mediterranean and the Italian Navy was afraid to poke a bowsprit out of port. How nice it would be, Benito Mussolini must have thought wistfully, if the three western Mediterranean powers got together somehow and drove the British out of Mare Nostrum.

Things had not been going so well with II Duce since he chiseled into the war last summer. By last week he was willing to sell Adolf...

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