"ITALY IN THE COMING WAR."
The "Es<rolto liallauo," the military organ at Rome, has publUbad an artfole In the form of a letUc to an hon deputy »nd ex-offioer, coder the above title signed by its editor, Slguor de Lnigl. hfe*. aelf an officer who went through the last | war In which Italy was engaged and who le regarded aa a h,!gh authority m military matters, and to whom, aa editor of th,e. organ of the War Department, grave attention ii dae. The Home o of the "Times." extracts the most eignlfioant passages, which may, be thinks, be taken aa tha military opinion of Italy \— . " The Italians protest that they have no intention of attaoking Francj ; the French on the other hand, affirm that they | are animated by no warlike Intentions towards us. I believe that both the parties who repeat almost dally the same deolarationo do so m perfeot good falh. The war will nevertheless break oat on the first occasion whloh presents itself, since it Is the natural and inevitable result of the series of events which has created the present position— i c., the contfUation on the frontier of Franqe qf two great States, netted and thoroughly nationalised, which limit her Influence and restrain her pow^r of expansion, and on which rests the new poHkloal equilibrium of Eforope. France oannot do otherwise than direct all her etforta to changing thla atate of things. She would disown her splendid past, and would not da honor to her name and nature, did al\a not attempt sooner or later to burst the iron olrole m which the unity of Germany and Italy have bound her ; and she will do so. Let no one blame her for the effort. "Itet us. apeak frankly. What it the good of deceiving each other reciprocally ? Franoe will never, not even after 1892, be able to oount on the neutrality of luly rtaly is led by the Instinct of self-preser-ration to Quite without hesitation her Foroes from \ha rery beginning of tho struggle to, the forces of thrsa who lutend bo ktfap, Fzanc? In that iron olrole whioh It the (rarest guarantee of peace ; and Ftanoe knows it well, A, success of the French irmsi facilitated by our neutrality, would se soon and bitterly felt by Italy. After i victorious war with, Germany, war igalnat Italy ; after Berlin, Rome ; this s Inevitable. The Italian statesman who n thla emergency should hesitate an J Instant to tak« the only possible resolution would betray his oountry and expose his name to the well deserved vl'uperation of futnre generations. He would have led hla oountry to oertaln destruction, I frnoy that I hear a chorus of protests, more or lent, sincere ; but the future will prove that I am right, for the truth oannot be averted,." No one here (adds the correspondent) who la m tho way of gathering the ld.eas that fl iat about, oe who has examined the altuatlon continuously for the past year or two, will doubt that the above Is the purport of what is thought here, or that it is substantially aound. More than that, there is a growing feeling that ucless the forces *hat make for peace are ?oon ahown to be overwhelmingly superior to those that make for disturbance the orlsls will not be long waited for. 'Silent armlne and nervous preparation are the order of ! the moment, I
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"ITALY IN THE COMING WAR.", Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2045, 24 January 1889
"ITALY IN THE COMING WAR." Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2045, 24 January 1889
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