Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa on April 8, 1976 · Page 5
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Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa · Page 5

Carroll, Iowa
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Thursday, April 8, 1976
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Communist Italy Held to Deserve a Chance if it's the People's Choice ~~By NEA/Lonrinn Pmnnmtr* ti_.>.» • ^^* —By NEA/London Economist News Service While there's life there's hope. The American government still believes the Communist drive to power in Italy can be stopped at the next election. » For months Henry Kissinger has been feeding ammunition into claims by Italy's ruling Christian Democratic party that a Communist presence in government would rupture Italy's link with the West. The latest such broadside was delivered by the American embassy in Rome,.which last week said once again that the entry of the Communists to power would ' 'call for a reassessment" of American ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL SAVE $63 Regular $460 General Electric Washer &,Dryer $39700 NOW flPPLIflnCECEnTER 7M.J»S-iofc« City H military and economic ties with Italy. But just ho.w tired a horse the Americans are backing became apparent last week, at the Christian Democrats' tumultuous and divided congress. American huffing and puffing is part of a perfectly sensible policy of trying to bolt the cage door before the tiger escapes. There are all sorts of good reasons for dismay in Nato at the prospect of Communists in the Italian government. For all its protestations of independence, the Italian Communist party has strong poligical and ideological ties with the Soviet Union, the power that Nato was created to contain. The Italian Communists say they want to stay in Nato, but they would hardly be whole-hearted allies either in military matters or in the negotiations with Russia over the size of the two alliances' armies in Europe. With Yugoslavia's future after Tito so uncertain, {he possibility of Soviet force's on an Italian border is no longer wholly remote; and elected Communist ministers in a front-line Nato country are a prospect to send shivers down the most complacent Nato spine. European democrats have marvelled at the apparent Italian Communist conversion Eastern Star Has Meeting rimes Herald News Service MANNING — On Saturday the Salona Chapter No. 231 O.E.S. held its School of Instruction. The Inspection was held at 7:30. p.m. Mrs. Marjorie Stamp, Louis, was a district instructor. Out-of-town guests were from Perry, Atlantic, Coon Rapids, Audubon, Elk Horn, Marne and Louis. Mrs. Dorthy Lohfman, Manilla, served lunch. A spring flower' arrangement centered the serving table. Elm Crest met for their For your new home or redoing a Bath, select your Bathroom appointments from our collection of fine Bath accessories, at prices everyone can afford. Some discontinued patterns at sale Prices! Several new additions just out — black wrought iron and nutmeg brown, that popular |n color. THE BATH SHOPPE In The Alley — Carroll, Iowa to democracy; but they would also be ingenuous to trust completely a party which still subscribes in significant measure to an anti-democratic creed and which is still untried in government. The unsteadying side-ripples of a Communist share in Italian power would spread farther afield from Italy: the French electorate might be encouraged to follow the Italian example, and vote next year for a French Communist party still trying to look at ease in the new suit of hastily bought democratic clothes it donned at its party conference in February. American voters may begrudge paying to protect Italy and France from external communism when their electorates vote for the domestic article anyway. The decision whether or not to take the plunge rests with the Italian people. But if their votes make a Communist share in the Italian government inevitable, the other Nato countries will have to come to grips with an entirely new problem: riding the tiger. No eyebrow-raising, please, if present Western frowns then turn into a polite smile of welcome for the new Italian government. The possible expulsion of Italy from Nato is a good sword to dangle over the Italian electorate before polling day. regular meeting on March 25th. A noon potluck was served with the hostesses being: Ruby Schrum, Clara Ehrichs, Vera Auel, Francis Long, Emma Rowedder and Amanda Schr u'm . Entertainment for the afternoon was 7-Up which was followed by a song fest with Dorthy Kusel at the piano. Gerdes Host Bible Study Times Herald News Service WALL LAKE - The Bible Study Group from the Carnarvon Presbyterian Church met Tuesday evening in the Bert R. Gerdes home with Mrs. Marilyn Aschinger as hostess. Saturday supper guests of Mrs. Emil Schluter were Mr. and Mrs. Wade Bruggeman and Carol of Charter Oak. Sunday afternoon visitors in the home of Jesse Reiter were Mr. and Mrs. Bob Leitz, Paullina. The regular meeting of the Carnarvon Presbyterian Church U.P.W. was held Thursday afternoon at the home of Mrs. Bert R. Gerdes. Tlmei Herald, Carroll, la. jp Thursday, April 8, 1976 3 But after the event the dismantling of Nato bases would be expensive, and would seriously damage Nato's naval strength in the Mediterranean. The sticking-point is likely to be different. Nato's nuclear powers are unlikely to be willing to share many of their secrets with a party still closely linked to the Soviet Union. Italy may well have to be excluded from the Nato nuclear planning group, as Portugal was after Communists joined the government there in 1974. The ball of accepting second-class status in Nato will then be in Enrico Berlinguer's court. All the signs — the Communists' cautious approach in the past, the important role in the Italian economy played by arms production for Nato — suggest that Berlinguer will accept the terms offered for staying within the alliance. If he does not, the Nato countries will have to knock their heads together again. What could emerge is a unilateral guarantee by Nato to defend Italy from any external — meaning Soviet, or Soviet-backed — intervention in the internal working-out of its affairs. The Russians would cry foul. But the Nato guarantee would mean no more than a refusal to let Russia determine the balance of power inside Italy. x That is not a limitation of Italian sovereignty. But the West's responsibility for defusing the time-bomb of Italian communism does not end with the question of defense. The Italian economy is heavily dependent on American and EEC loans. Berlinguer's arrival in government will very probably set off yet another run on the lira, and yet another fight of capital from Italy. The first Western instinct may be to refuse to help, in the hope that economic panic will turn Italian voters against the Comm unists. But the temptation should be resisted. If Western countries denied to a Communist-dominated Italian government the credits they were willing to grant to its predecessors. Berlinguer would find it easier to rally nationalist sentiment behind him. The conditions of a siege economy would also provide the ideal cover for a Communist erosion of civil liberties. The alternative, for the United States and the Nine, is to treat a red-tinted government like any other Italian government. The Communists say they want to keep Italy's mixed economy intact. If a bail-out is needed to help them justify that claim, it should be given; and a bail-out could have the further advantage of strengthening the democratic wing of the party at the expense of its unregenerate Leninists. An Italian Communist party in charge of a democracy is still a considerable contradiction, and it would be better if it never did come to office. 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