POWER POLITICS: Fascists & Facts

"Let no one shed crocodile tears over 'poor Belgium' or 'poor Holland,' " wrote anonymous Commentator "Blackshirt" in Bologna's Resto del Carlino the day after Germany's new invasion began last week (see p. 22). "It is not for Fascist Italy to lament the fate that has overtaken two sanctionist countries, worm-eaten by democracy and anti-Fascism."

That this was no private opinion of fire-eating Blackshirt, but the line all of Italy's controlled press was ordered to take, was made clear when the sober Popolo di Roma declared: "The Belgian and Dutch request for...

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