The Moro ‘Affair’

The Moro Affair seems like an oddly lighthearted name for a book about the kidnapping of a prime minister that ended in his murder. I was dimly aware of these events when they happened in the late 1970s, but my knowledge of the violent fringe group, The Red Brigades, was limited to newspaper headlines, Anarchy Comics, and various hipster cultural references of the time.  Leonardo Sciasica’s examination of the case is weird, confusing, and not all that illuminating, adjectives that are frequently applied to the case and other tortured explanations of it.

Moro was at the helm of the Italian government when the Christian Democrats made historic overtures to the communists to form a stable government.  Kissinger was not happy.  Moro was on record as being in favor of swapping prisoners to save lives when confronted by terrorists:  Why did his own party refuse to save his life?  Was he sacrificed?  For what, by whom?  Was there CIA involvement?  Were the Italian police bureaus severely disorganized and incompetent, or were darker forces at work?

6 Responses to The Moro ‘Affair’

  1. Guy Savage says:

    have you read the book? Seen the film? My $ would go on Gladio

  2. Man of Roma says:

    It is well known that a very common opinion – I am part of the lot – is that there were darker forces and that the CIA was at work there. There is no clear evidence, of course, but many things suggest that. I’ve always believed that the Americans at power at that time didn’t trust what will be later called the euro-communism. Not that I blame them that much, given the cold war and all. But euro-communism was maybe different.

    • Lichanos says:

      Mr. K. wasn’t one to make fine distinctions among communists. Chinese, Vietnamese, Russian…Euro: no matter. One big red monolith out to crush our way of life, or at least disrupt Henry’s plans.

    • Man of Roma says:

      And, among the rest, the US were afraid of losing their military bases on our territory, given the fact that Italy is central in the Mediterranean.

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