WESTERN EUROPE: Guilt Forgiven

Last week, eight years after the defeat of Mussolini, Italy's role as an Axis aggressor was formally forgiven by a majority of her former enemies and present friends. By a simple declaration, the U.S., Britain, France and seven other nations annulled 29 clauses of the 1947 peace treaty, including the clause that indicted Italy for its war guilt. Also abandoned were the clauses that limited Italy's army to 250,000 men, its navy to 25,000 sailors and a handful of warships, its air force to 350 planes, its cavalry to 200 tanks, its ordnance to non-atomic weapons. With U.S. aid, Italy...

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