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THE BITTER NECESSITY

The substance of Here Von Bethmati!!Hollweft's defence of Germany's action in Belgium is that lib country does no wrong imlcas it lias very strong motives for so doing. It- is a idea which, no doubt, a stood many private persons, who have had differences with the "aw have, made with poiiio effect to their own consciences. They would not havs killed a man had he not been seriously incpjivenient, or forged if tbey h:id seen any other method of avoiding serious loss, or burned down a hou.-.a if there had been any better olun for petting the insurance money. Similarly, Germany would not have overrun Belgium, burned Louvniii, and carried off its inhabitants to forced labor if Belgium had not been by far tho most convenient road into France. The German, Phancellor takes credit to himself for respecting the neutrality of Sweden and Norway. As well might, we tako credit at this juncture for respecting the neutrality of the Argentine. He takes credit for 10silieelijig Holland, the use of whose territory would no doubt be a convenience. But he omits to mention that there would be some very serious drawbacks in converting Holland into an enemy. Holland neutral is a convenient avenue of supplies for Germany. Holl*nd thrown into the. arma of Great Britain yopjcl bt, fl. very convenient avenue of attack upon fifermany. Aa for Penmark, it is fa?X fpr jSermfny to mpeqt tynat is left of W, W<s& }% sft yifjj & K ir!ty''jM)i ■what iM heeded of her. W *«« Kiel Gsm] i« the senwe of hpr. tyM*r 's#s&&• VVQtI % whple, th# pbjtftce-W s defence, though; m* «»P criminal's, it may assuage big own feojing*. will- haye as "muoh effecf on 'thj> judgment of jietrfrals as the criminal's plea of fttrong temptAtiori ina upon big .Tudae. \Vheri Germany attacked Belgium she did am of thosij things which the plain man who cannot follow the intricacies of diplomacy can perfectly understand, and will neYeir fortret.— i"X}& Nation,'

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THE BITTER NECESSITY, Issue 15633, 26 October 1914

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THE BITTER NECESSITY Issue 15633, 26 October 1914

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