Gladio: The Story of a Secret Army by Gaither Stewart

Milite ignoto at Paizza Venezia, Rome, Italy

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by Gaither Stewart
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rome, Italy
December 27, 2019

Albert Camus in his essay “L’Exil d’Hélène” discusses contemporary disregard for the Greek value of limits. Camus writes that only the artist by his nature recognizes his limits, limits which the historic spirit disregards. The very idea of a super-secret organization like Gladio to remake the world in its own image reflects that same disregard for the Greek values that Camus so cherished.

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No Man’s Land by Gaither Stewart

Alpen View

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by Gaither Stewart
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rome, Italy
January 4, 2019

Get out your atlas. You will likely need it when you read farther here about the intriguing but little known story in a lesser known part of Alpine Europe: Italy’s northern territory of Alto Adige, better known as South Tyrol. I used an atlas for geographical details about the borderlands with which this article deals and where I have spent long periods. For it’s the details—often geographical—that will confound you every time. Such details make you aware that military planners of national strategy never spend enough time with their atlases. Over much of my lifetime I have passed through these border territories countless times, from north to south, south to north and yet I still discover new things about them.

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