That Germany contemplated war long before the outbreak of hostilities is indisputable. The latest proof comes to hand in an article which appeared at the end of February in 1 Die Post,’ a Berlin Conservative organ, and the recognised official mouthpiece, of tho Imperial pj«y, which contains a larger proportion at princes and retired general-, Ministers, and other leading officials than any other group in the Reichstag. The ‘Post’ article asks; What do we went'.' Are we really to i wait quietly till Austria is completely shaken lo pieces, till Italy must bow before the overwhelming influence of the Sea Powers, and we, in isolation, are confronted by the arrogance, of Frame. Russia, and England? Is the German nation of 70.00U.000 really- to renounce the role of leader in Europe which is its due? According to the writer the then lime afforded a favorable opportunity not likely to recur, and he proceeds to answer the question just quoted in the following words : In the lives of nations there are com plications and dangers which can only bo disposed of by the sword. . . . Our situation to-day also belongs to this category. . . . At the moment the conditions are favorable. France is not ready to fight. England is involved in internal and colonial difficulties. Russia \ shrinks from war, because she fears a j revolution. Shall we wait till our op- ; pononts are ready, or shall we use tho : favorable moment to lorcq, a decision? . . Whore a conflict of interest ; shows itself we should not give way, j hut lot it come to war, and commence j it with a. determined offensive, whether I it bo for a new Morocco, for the position of General Yon Liman, or the Asia ' Minor question. The pretext is a- mat- j ter of indifference, for the point is not that, but our whole future, which it at stake. It should bo borne in mind that the article was published nearly five months before the outbreak of the European war. The facts are sufficiently significant to carry their own comment.
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THE OPPORTUNITY., Evening Star, Issue 15639, 2 November 1914
THE OPPORTUNITY. Evening Star, Issue 15639, 2 November 1914
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