ITALY: Giddy Year

"Comrades this is a memorable, solemn day. It is just a year since our entrance into the war. A year filled with events, giddy, historical developments." So last week said the loudest noise in Italy.

Historical indeed has been Italy's first year of World War II: the year in which it lost its East African Empire, the reputation of its Armies, even the illusion of being a first-class power. It remained for II Duce himself to bring out the definitive adjective, "giddy."

Last week, as Benito Mussolini addressed his obediently enthusiastic Chamber of Fasces and Corporations in Rome, the people of...