compromise for history
(c) 1999 John Borneman
& Linda Fisher, All Rights Reserved
The corpse of Aldo Moro, discoverd
on Via Caetani, Rome, on May 9, 1978. Moro, leader of the Christian
Democratic Party, was kidnapped on the morning of March 16, 1978
as he drove to Parliament to present a controversial proposal known
as the "historic compromise" in which Communist opposition
would take a more active and supportive role in the Italian government.
The murder, never fully solved, has been a compelling story for
Italians ever since -- another strand in a long history of ideological
extremism entwined with political violence. (credit: Italian newspaper
Sound: fragment of Cantata Profana by
Béla Bartók, a song of the son
to his father. Text:
time: ~13 sec.
"we shall...hurl you past the clearings,
and past the valleys and past the mountains
and we shall smash your body
on a dreadful rockface,
treat you with no mercy,
our beloved father,
treat you with no mercy!"
by: Linda Fisher & Maria Pia DiBella