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Evening Star, Issue 15704, 19 January 1915
These words were -ussd hv tho German
Emperor in a Xew An " oUtl*agCoU3 Y«ar'» message to his invasion." ircopa. Thoy represent
the German official attitude and Germany's defence of a war that las called forth tho cond<mrr.ation of mankind. That tho frreat majority of Germans within their own borders accept them as im accurate presentment of its origin tbnro is no reason to doubt The German people- neither know the real causes of the war nor are there any moans fo far by which ihey can know them. There is no such tiling as free epceeh or fiee TiCif, in Germany, and jj; the one or two instances where nowispapers have ventured upon tlie mildest- form of anxktv as to whether all is gohij; well thsy have. !>e:n promptly suppressed. The- Gorman people believo honestly that the Allies are at th-.-ir wits' end; 1 hat thoy have neither fowl nor ammunition nor men nor money ; that their own armies are ovei-j-whe.ro victorious; that thi British Xavy is fri«btened to fao theirs; that the people of England arc: panic-stricken ; and that tho partition of Europe, as sketched by so wi,s> a- savant as the fa mens Ernst Hueckei, is vipeiniiK to fruition. But though CJerinanv, as a wiic'.-r. may heliewthese thiti:;*. };:-v rulers know better. They have- no doubt* whak-vc-r th?t their whole original plan of campaign has failed, and that Germany at this hour, far from b.'iuj.; the all-conquering victor dictating terms of peace, is; in a desperate life and-drath slrusrylo for her own continued Germany, less than six months after she declared war
against Russia and France, finds herself not only ii'.d.tine- a losing cau.w, but destitute of a tingle friend apart from her tootoidirlinji Allies, or dupfs—Austria and Turkey—and compelled by the awful and da-mnine; facts of the sit ration to justify her (hum to he regarded as a civilised Power by .in amazed and indipnant world. Hct.ee thi> tail; "f " out; a pro us invasion." j Germany did not .veek for Mar, Germany d.esire<l peace. It is false to eay that shhad liivn pi\.-parinp: for years. <r that her mighty navy and suneiio;' army we;e Intended for au.'e!'?esiou. We know, cry ! Kaiser and Chancel lor and Fross, that France was ready to attack us. thai Russia, was mohiih.iuc; attain-t u- s . am! that England, the arch-hypocrite; jealous of ov.iojjnim rce and indus.Uy and wealth, was determined by any means to use them both lo destroy tw. To the normal man Che bar*:-faced audacity of those assertions ;is so ,'ipir.;rer,t that he i.-annot understand ! how they can impose upon thos-e for wliu.-e h-.-ne'it they are made, Y-et it rtmciib true t-liat i.'- tuattar how monstrous tlv; ;"■■ -eit ion. ner b:>w simple its refutation, there ai-- many who will accept- it. ]-!.\jK-iieiH e ids shown that a staUunc-r.fc h.as only '-■■ h<- repeated with suhicient emi pha-is and iiisi*ter.cy to be e<-n<;ral!y aei eeptedi. Germany, if she. but continue, her | version <:f h-cr own reefnt history, may lat'aiu or..- if ii.->t both her objects. ! Sh.> has. to convince Iter own jpi-'pie thai Ilia Abies, instigated by Kngiaud, have v. ui.l.mly attacked and purpose to de-troy her intejiril v. and. what is more impel laM. the n-autral nations as w<cl!. As far as Gerinany herself is eonceiiitd, tlie Kaiser at;d his Advisers have, temporarily at least, succeeded in. their puri."js..' ; but that they can or I have b'cca able to convince the I neutral nations, whose mcral support they ' need so badly, we cannot believe. To do so would be to doubt the sanity of mankind. "White, Grey. Yellow, "and Blue Books the unadorned records of diplomatic ,-,.] ■rc'soo-ndeiice—c-peak with one voice in this relation. Tt is not possible, oven for critics who have re> British bias, to read c;il>->jy tliostr ivcr.doi-fuily p-rapYoc and .Fi-msational publications and escape the conclusion that tivs nightmare of ]v.nror3 under which the earth now arcans wac\ after a. e.dlot:.; ealeulatlon "l tho pro.? at:d eons, deliberately and in cold blood thrust upon inai.kivd l;y (lie rulers, of Germany. Gf what use is it for the Kaiser to v.rite tmd talk of ''outrageous invasion" wlrti Tien Maximilian Harden impatiently proclaim?, to tho world : "The "war 1 We willed if : Me had to will it. " We do not stand before the judgment "sear of l-liu-ope ; ive acknowledge no such " jurisdiction '".' Antl h'owcan the Imperial Cliaucelh.r (!):• von Ik'thmann-TTollwc!,'), from his place in the Reichstag, hope to influence outside opinion by that Great- Britain allowed ''tin's montrotis, " world-widi-i war to come about, and that '• Knedand am! R:::--.ia. before fbxl and "mou, aro responvible for tho oafas- " trophe that has I'.illeu uptm Ihjrope," when th.e German AVliiue I'apef of Augi'st last itself .xpres'ly British effoits oil Itchriif of peace, and elaims credit for havint: with Britain.'.' We remember h.eari.i.fr an old preacher ray that "lies are the eravo of sin," and we ivca'l them when we attempt to follow the '"outiatjeous " assertions of Kaiser and 'Chancellor about an "outrageous invasion." Not that there has not been an ''oiuratreeiisinvasion." All the world, fce-ths undyimr .shame of the. Power responsible there r oi'. Imows that- there has. And it had been loii"; prepared. In May. 1913. General Von Moltke raid : We must forestall our principal adversary immediately ther<i aro nine eha.nc.es in ten that we a.ro Roing to Jiavo war, and wo must war without waiting, in order brutally to crush all rosisfar.ee. Eighteen mouths later Franco and Belgium were heroically facing tho first- effects of this war without warning, and «a amazed but determined Europe was drawn tip in battle array against tin? devastation of its. fairest provinces by that brutal force which was vaatntim.dy boasted as the e-itprorae aiid only law, And the judgment of that outraged and f.corned, will yot lw foil in the citad-al of tho< aggressor. Nothing that Emperor, or Minister, or Getieral can say and do wiil affect tho ver- ■ diet of liktorj'. Tlio l'reMdent of the C-ar- ! ii-egio Institnto at Pittsburg (Mr SaninoJ .Harden Chtu'ch), replying to tho appeal | signed by 93 German scholars, sitmmtd tip tho actual position thus;— j All the gold you could give to Franco and Belgium in a thousand years, and all tho penitential prayers you could uller in overy hour ot a-"thousand years, together with tho contrition of a ehaan«d an<l broken heart, would trot repair tb& rtiin of two n«tion3 by fire and slaughter, nor dry up tlie ocean of human tears which havs a«'iompa.nkd yottr hideous invasion.
Evening Star, Issue 15704, 19 January 1915
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