Emilia Libera had come to the same conclusion. ‘[W]e made a somewhat superficial analysis’, she said with notable understatement.2
The organization Red Brigades did not have the possibility of affecting Italian social reality. Its loss of a connection to the mass movements and to the class sectors to which [the BR] referred — the worker, the prisoner, the marginal person — this isolation we were seeing day after day. The political impossibility of having an effect did not derive, does not derive, simply from tactical errors, but from the very foundation of our political analysis, of the analysis of the State, of the analysis of the movements … which led us to believe that the armed struggle was the only possible political expression of the avant-garde of the movements. This oversimplification caused us to read as imminent the possibility of civil war … if not in temporal terms then in political terms, a possibility that might then effectively take root. This rooting has not occurred.1
KeywordsPolitical Violence Life Sentence Political Term Preventive Detention Armed Struggle
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