COMMENT: Terror contrived in time for the holidays, as expected, to induce the conditioned response: fear.

Wall Street Journal
December 23, 2010

ROME—Parcel bombs exploded at the Swiss and Chilean Embassies in Italy’s capital on Thursday, injuring two people and raising concerns of possible terrorist attacks in the country’s shopper-packed streets ahead of the Christmas holidays.

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The police are investigating whether violent anarchist groups are behind the bombings, said Italian Interior Minister Roberto Maroni, following similar attacks in Greece last month.

“Various elements lead us to believe that this is the correct path,” he was quoted as saying by the ANSA news agency, according to the Associated Press. “These are very violent groups that are also present in Spain and Greece and are very well connected.”

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A spokesman for Italy’s police department said law-enforcement officers were carrying out inspections at other embassies in Rome. There was a false alarm at the Ukrainian Embassy.

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