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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 6, No. 10 July 28, 1943

Look at the Facts

Look at the Facts.

It is, however, necessary to strip these coloured reports of wishful thoughts and examine them in the light of the material situation.

The Italian people, never very taken by their "glorious mission" in this war, have suffered considerably at the hands of the Italo-Nazi plans. The whole war situation at the present time, the German setback in the Soviets, their expulsion from Africa, the recent continued large scale bombings of German and Italian territories and the Allied landing on Sicily fit together to make a very glum picture, and offer no future to the Italian bourgeousie. These facts, together with their effect on the never enthusiastic Italian people, indicate the likelihood of early capitulation of Italy.

The British, Russian and American decision as typified at the "Casablanca Conference." is for the "unconditional surrender" of the Axis partners. The peoples of the Allied countries look forward to and expect the strict adherence of their Governments to this decision—that there can be no compromise, no honourable peace with the fascist bandits.