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WHAT SHOULD BE DONE

AFTER THE W.AR. Professor A. Pollard, lecturing lecently I at University College, (lower street, London, put forward his own c:m\-ention of what should he the. policy of the Allies [after peace has been lygotiadd. " Firstly, Alsace and Lorraine." he said, ["must be and ought to l.e liberated innn German government. It- (l"w> not follow that they ought to be annexed to Franc. The German attack on France, however, was .--'> monstrous that if the French Govi.-rniiien: M.y they want to take these provincen 1 think that wo ought to supimit- them. But it may not \rp tli<> wisest policy for the French t-o recover these provinces. Sin< e 1870 there has been a huge German immigration, and tide bv side with a- French element there is a German element. You may be reintroducing that same system—that i>oison which has been responsible for tb.t: whole of tin's war—viz., r he government of populations against their wishes and desires. 'The populations of these- provinces should rather be afforded an opportunity of expressing their wishes. .Possibly they can be neutralised and federated with Belgium, and perhaps with Denmark, Switzerland, and Holland. It may bo possible to induce these States. while retaining absolute control over their domestic affairs, to enter int > some sort, of an arrangement as that, so that they may form a band of States separating France from Germany." As to the future disposition of the j Kaiser,- tho Professor urged the responsibility of dealing with him should not be placed on any individual, but upon the German States: " We must not take the Emperor and use him as a scapegoat, otherwise- we shall be involving ourselves in evils of the greatest danger. It was the banishment of the first Napoleon which caused the Napoleonic legend to grow, and brought about the Empire of Napoleon 111. It is scarcely too much to say that this war tomes from it. If we try to impose such a. jjenalty on the Kaiser wo shall at once creato an enormous amount of sympathy for him in Germany, which will give rise to an Imperial legend which may in the future produce consequences as disasto>us as tha present. The penalty must be imposed on the German States, and it should ba left to the German people themselves to distribute the proportion of responsibility as | between themselves and the Kaiser, a!.d I i do not think that they will be inclined to let tho Kaiser off lightly." ',

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WHAT SHOULD BE DONE, Issue 15655, 20 November 1914

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WHAT SHOULD BE DONE Issue 15655, 20 November 1914

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