A VOYAGE TOWARDS THE FUTURE
No sooner had the nots of December 14 and 15, 1925, cemented the agreement between Sir Austen Chamberlain and Mussolini, than Mussolini began to rend the air with shouts about the world's duty to give Italy the room she wanted for colonial expansion.
In an interview with the United Press on December 21, 1925, he announced:
"History is not lacking in examples of methods for attaining peaceful divisions of territory, which permitted the Powers to safeguard the peace and prosperity of their peoples. I have confidence that, when the occasion presents itself, Italy will not lack the means to obtain pacifically what belongs to her. The other nations would be taking upon themselves a great responsibility if they opposed an obstinate resistance to the moderate aspirations of Italy, who wishes to assure her own future as a great power."
In an article published in the review Gerarchia in January 1926, Mussolini announced that 1926 would mark "the Fascist revolution's Napoleonic year".
"It is permissible to assume from what is happening in this old Europe, more especially in those countries still ruled by the immortal principles of 1789, that the spirit of Locarno is evaporating with startling rapidity. Before long, nothing will remain but a faded label of what appeared to be at one moment a marvellous elixir for prolonged peace."
On March 28, he gave an address to the Fascists in Rome which awakened the most fervid expectations:
"Comrades, I seem to see in your eyes, I seem to read in your hearts, the restlessness that comes of delay. You are waiting for something. ('Yes! yes!') If I say that the impatience that leaps in your hearts will one day be satisfied, will you believe me? (Renewed cries of 'Yes!') The great hour does not strike at all times or in all places. The wheel of fortune passes. He is a wise man who watches and seizes it as it speeds by him. When the wheel of destiny passes within reach of our hand, we shall stand ready to seize it and bend it to our will. Comrades, it is fine to live in the shadow of our flag, but if need arises, it will be finer still to die for it."
The Secrctary-General of the Fascist Party( GI. 1.iv.26) announced that "Italy felt that her hour was about to strike". The