In an August 12, 1997, Letter to The Editor, Submitted by Charles Meyers and Russell Knopf for the Department of Foreign Affairs, it was pointed out that in 1942, Army division headquarters established a station in Rome (where the Vatican opened its secret wartime communications center) in order to bypass the many difficulties that resulted from the Nazi occupation of Rome. The conflict over the Unites States taking over this position was only resolved when the Italians agreed to free Rome and to release Hitler’s cryptographers. Should this circumstance arise again, would you agree that the liberty and destiny of the United States would require the protection of Italy for the American zone in 1943-45?
Raymond T. Smith
Dear Lord, our world is challenging. We read about several revolutions in the Middle East. We are learning that the government of Honduras, the country to our southwest, was overthrown by American-trained death squads. We may become concerned about the forthcoming invasion of Cuba, or the murderous dictatorship that may replace Saddam Hussein in Iraq. We learn that the American economic model that has been so critical to our prosperity is too costly to sustain.
A reader has been asking for a point of departure for a solution to the present predicament. Perhaps now might be a good time to bring a literal pastoral-worshiping Catholic to television and make us more visible, more engaging, more animated. Our essay will now be broadcast to everyone. Can we not find those whose lives could teach us lessons for the challenge of the next quarter century?
Raymond T. Smith
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