In this alternate timeline, Hitler was killed during the first great war. This prevented the Nazis from becoming a true force in Germany. The real threat came from communism in Russia under a man called Joseph Stalin, who wanted to spread its territory. This started the second world war, with Russia and its friends fighting against the allies power's.
Mussolini saw where the tide would turn and chose to support America. He fought with the allies against Russia along with Spain's Francisco Franco, the other fascist dictator of the day, and chose not to invade Ethiopia. When the war ended, he continued to remain useful to the allies by rooting out communist elements among his own people. He also received the backing of the pope and the Vatican, linking the church with his government.
Mussolini was a fairly popular dictator to the west before he joined uo with the Nazis. By avoiding Hitler and making these changes to his decision making, how long into the modern world could fascist Italy have survived? Could it have made into the modern world of today?