ITALY: Perilous Backfire

One way for Russia to imperil the U.S. position in Greece was to start a backfire in Italy. As U.S. troops, under the peace treaty terms, prepared to pull out of the country last week, the Communists struck hard.

In Parliament, Socialist Leader Pietro Nenni, who often acts as a Communist cat's-paw, called for a vote of no-confidence in the Government of Premier Alcide de Gasperi. The Communists were preparing to re-enter the Government, where their disruptive power at this critical time would be greatly increased. The vote was postponed, but for...

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