ITALY: A Letter from Aldo Moro

The former Premier sends a poignant message from captivity

Dear Francesco,

While sending you a friendly greeting, l am obliged by these difficult circumstances to present to you some realistic thoughts, fully aware of your responsibilities, which I respect ... I am considered a political prisoner and being tried, as president of the Christian Democrats, for my responsibilities of the last 30 years ... Weigh your actions carefully in order to avoid further evil... In the given circumstances, besides humanitarian reasons, what becomes apparent is the reason of state. Most of all this reason of state means that in my present condition...

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