Terrorism: On the Bulgarian Trail

The Italian government goes public with explosive accusations

"It was a true act of war in a time of peace," In those extraordinary terms, Italy's Defense Minister Lelio Lagorio last week described new revelations concerning the attempt by a Turkish terrorist to assassinate Pope John Paul II 19 months ago. Lagorio was one of four ministers who, in the space of ten hours, appeared in Rome's ornate, 17th century Parliament to accuse Bulgaria, and by implication the Soviet Union, of standing behind Gunman Mehmet Ali Agca's failed effort.

The normally cautious Italian politicians...

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