Terrorism: A Murky but intriguing Trail

Accusations and denials regarding a Bulgarian connection

In Italy it is called la Pista Bulgara (the Bulgarian Trail), and at diplomatic receptions from London to Moscow the talk quickly turns to the Bulgarian Connection. Everyone in Europe, it seems, has become fascinated by an allegation that, if true, could profoundly undermine East-West relations: that a Turkish gunman's attempt to assassinate Pope John Paul II in Rome 19 months ago was masterminded by the Soviet Union, which was angered by the Pontiffs support of Poland's Solidarity Union. The trail, it is rumored, could...

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