Italian Fascism was 19 years old. From the usual balcony of the Palazzo Venezia, Benito Mussolini spoke his usual bombast to the usual picked, cheering crowd: Bolshevism . . . is dying.
Even while he spoke, worried people in the crowd glanced at the sky. There was a rumor that, several nights before, R.A.F. planes had swooped over Naples, dropped pamphlets promising to visit the celebration in Rome. But no planes came.
Bolshevism's shady European and American allies will perish with it.
Next day Fascist officials hastened to explain that the Leader had not been referring to the U.S. as a whole,...