Striking At the Past Itself

Terrorists bomb the Uffizi, destroying lives and precious artifacts of civilization

How does one decipher the moral calculus of terror? In August 1980 a bomb blew up in the railroad terminal of Bologna, killing 85 people and injuring 200. Nothing was fully proved; no one was ever punished. So no one will ever know what agenda that atrocity served or whether it achieved anything for the murderers. Last week another bomb went off, next to the Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence's principal museum. A stolen Fiat van packed with explosives blew up in the middle of the night next to the museum's west wing. The fireball and blast killed five people, destroyed museum...

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