The Akaroa Mail. FRIDAY, JULY 23, 1915. HOLLAND AND THE WAR.
Tbb position of Holland in fcbe pre sent European crisis has been the 3ubjeot of much discussion, and a good deal of comment; has been made of the fact that the Dutch are arming themselves to the teeth. The theory that Kitchener's army was to be conveyed through Holland has proved incorrect. It was thought that Holland would declare war, and that directly the declaration was made on the side of the Allies, Lord Kitchener would pour his men through Holland. The danger of such a course is the fact that Germany, holding Belgium, could probably batter down Holland before ODi- forces could come in. Considering the fact that there has been so much speculation over the position of Holland, it seems significant that Winston Cborcbili, in an interview in tbe Dutch newspapers, has been pointing out carefully what respect the Allies I have had for Holland's neutrality. Mr Ohurohiil states definitely that bad France, England and Belgium been as callous about breaking treaties as ! Germany they could have made use o* tbe River Soheldt from the North Sea, and secured a slice of Belgium before Germany entered far into Belgium. All this has been obvious from tbe commencement; of the war, and Mr Churchill's reiteration of the manner in which the Allies respected Holland's neutrality in spite of tbe obvious ad vantages accruing from tbe use of the River Scheldt, seems to point to some mew issua in the Holland crisis. It has been suggested that Holland is considering joining Germany, and allowing her to use the River Scheldt to strike a blow against Great Britain, and that Mr Churchill, feariDg this, points out bow carefully the Allies have respected Holland's neutrality in the past. This seems hardly likely, as Holland has no reason to love Germany, and her citizens have decided leanings towards tbe Allies. On the other band, Mr Churchill may fear that Germany, with her lack of re* apecfc for any treaties, intends to make use of Antwerp, and send her tran sports down the Scheldt Biver. Should that be the case, Mr Churchill raminds Holland of her good treat ment from the Allies, and asks her to resist Germany's violation of her terri tory as the Belgians did. It is impossible to understand the real position of affairs; but that there is some object in Mr Churchill's speech at this juncture anyone following tbe trend of events cannot doubt.