ITALY: The Very Negation

In Rome last week, an eye-catching story splashed across the columns of the independent Il Tempo. The left-wing partisans who call themselves "Garibaldini" would wear new khaki uniforms with red neckerchiefs and visored caps at a grand parade on Feb. 18. The partisans also had arms and ammunition. Asked II Tempo: "What does Scelba think of this?"

Pudgy, bald Mario Scelba, Christian Democrat Minister of the Interior, had already thought about it a good deal. Italians would elect a Parliament on April 18. The last thing Scelba wanted was swaggering, uniformed, intimidating bands of Communists and left-wing Socialists marching the...

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