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Every now and again, among the many messages that toll of When the War human slaughter and Will End. devastation, there come those that talk of peace. But the hour lor peace is not yet. Nor does it rest with either Germany nr The United States when that hour shall he. When .Torarn, the son of Ahab, sent to .(elm a message asking "Is it peace?” the answer was: "What hast thou to do with "peace? What peace can there be so " long as thy crimes are so many? In somewhat similar terms the Allies have replied to Germany. It is a further illustration of the mental blindness of the ruler-, of Germany to the facts of the situation and to the enormity of their own position that they have not, apparently, yet learned that in the eyes of the Allies and of the greater portion of civilised mankind they have long since forfeited every claim they may have had to be regarded as honorable foes. That Germany has sought to drag neutral States into the inferno that .-ho has brought into being: that, she has probably made indirect overtures to Via nee ami Russia in turn; and that there have been feelers (if not something more.) thrown out in Washington is but to say that having publicly and shamelessly divested herself of all claims to national honor and regard for her pledged | word it is in keeping with her record that she should credit the Allies with no higher standard of morality than her own. Diplomacy of this nature is foredoomed to failure. < lermany, through her Kaiser, has appealed to the sword as the supreme arbiter, and he has strengthened his appeal with blasphemous exhortations to our "good old God," therefore it is fitting that the sword alone ‘hall decide. it is amazing that any German can think otherwise. Surely, the word of a nation that has entered upon tile greatest war in its history for the sake of that word may be accepted at its face value, even by a people to whom j the moral law is a meaningless platitude. lAs recently as 14 days ago the British ITiinc Minister laid down j the conditions of pease, and those { conditions still stand, and will until | they arc secured beyond peradven--1 tine. The restoration of the integrity of outraged, -acked. and polluted Belgium; the -c anty of the independence of smaller I nationality- ; the freedom of France, now | and for generations, against the possibility ! of mrther menace; and the destruction of I th(> I’ln-.-ian war machine--these arc the 'ab-olnfely indispen-able conditions prcee- | dent to anything in the. nature of peace. ! Mr Asquith restated them at the Gnild- ! hall banquet, and Sir .John Simon has . ma c nioie repeated them at Ashton-under-i l.ynne. Ilf what avail, then, is it. for Ger- : many to re-nrl to intrigue? Can her rulers j really believe that France is to he bribed or • Russia to ho bought? Are there none among her professors and theologians to enlighten i her? Within a month after the war. and : when, thanks to the treachery or iinoin- , petencc of a French cavalry general, the t Allies’ armies in France were tested as : the, have iml been te-ted since, and their fate lor a lime hung in the balance. Russia. Britain. and . France engaged not to conclude peace ■ separately during the present war, and in : faith thereof duly affixed their seals; I anil the wot Id may rest assured that ! there will he neither divergence nor i shallow of turning from the terms of ; that dclaratioii. It constitutes the : ’oasis tif the future .Magna (,’harta 'of F.nrnpcan liberty, and until that j Charter is signed there will bo .no .sheathing of the sword. Blood only can lift what blood hath brought low, : I and he. that hath drawn the .sword shall i j himself perish by the .sword. i j There will, however, continue to be ; j much talk, meaningless for the most pari, : I about peace. The men who pleaded that j ! England should stand aside, maintain her ; | neutrality, and leave Belgium to her fate ! , arc the .same men who to-day are fussilv ; ' and offensively intervening with idle, chat- I t; 1 about piacc. Happily their measure | | has bt.cn taken. For years they have ! | been blind leaders, puffed tin with much ! j vain knowledge, who honestly but ianor- j j antly nearly lipped their country over [ 1 Ihe precipice into the hungry chasm be- I l„w. after bunging her to the brink. Noj thing they can now say or do will have : the least effect on the progress of events. 1 American travellers may talk wisely <f , Germany clinging close to ravaged Bel- : 1 giinn as her finest asset on behalf of bet- j | ter t"rms, and of what she may or may ! I not do with her navy, but tire doings or ; : wishes of Germany will not avail her one ! ! jot or tittle when she is called upon to j I receive judgment. Weak and spineless American Presidents may 'trite unctu- 1

1 onsly to the potentate who flung his j war machine against Belgium, and on | wiio.se brow are branded in letter* of flame : the words “ Lou rain. MaJines, Ter- ! mondc!’’ but the march of an offended | and indignant world will' not be stayed i thereby. Every sacked and outraged | city, every wanton and shameless defiance of the sanctity and purity of womanhood will have to be paid for to the uttermost. Two months ago 'The Times' declared : "The time must surely come when the Kaiser and his host of wreckers will leave to share the fate meted out to .Napoleon by the Congress of Vienna, and be. pronounced by the nations of the world outlaws beyond the pal© of civilisation. These, are not matters [ which concern the. Allies alone. They 1 concern every nation that is on the side of humanity and progress, and all peoples who do not wish to sec Christian civilisation submerged beneath a flood of barbarism.” We find no indication that the passion of riglrteous wrath against the aggressor has slackened, and we are confident that when the hour of settlement comes that it will be prompt, full, and final.

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Evening Star, Evening Star, Issue 15659, 25 November 1914

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Evening Star Evening Star, Issue 15659, 25 November 1914

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