GERMAN FURY AGAINST BRITAIN
TWISTING THE FACTS TO SUIT THEMSELVES. Had the hidebound Teuton possessed a grain of liumor he would have suppressed some of the ludicrous outbursts of impotent rage which at present disfigure the pages of his newspapers. The ' VossiV'he Zeitung' publishes a summary of a lecture delivered in Berlin on November 13. by Professor Josef Kohler, one of the most eminent jurists in Prussia. His theme was ' England and the. World War.' In the course of the lecture he said : " However much opinions may differ as to the character and behaviour of France Bussia, and Belgium, mi one point we arc all agreed, and that is one condemnation of England. Such treachery and bestiality we had never expected even of England, whose entire policy it has always been to incite the Continental .States against one another, concealing her own •cunning under a mask of hypocrisy. Such a policy demanded a certain intelligence : but the people now at the bend of the British Empire are weak-brained and ignorant dolts. In spite of Russia's menacing attitude, Germany's loyal efforts would have limited the present conflict to the original two principals, Austria and Servia, had not the trickiness, ambiguity, and Brutality of Grey's Polity—got the upper hand. . . . A;: regards Germany. acted the ridiculous comedy of Belgium's neutrality, though she knew better than anyone that Belgium bad long abandoned her neutrality" by entering into a secret treaty with "England. . . . 'The Imperial Chancellor committed the serious legal error of admitting in the Reichstag a breach of neutrality, whereas in reality m> such breach had taken place. " . . England is a country without music and without morals. Jler campaign of lies against Germany, which began after she had cut the cables, was -unparalleled in history. England must be brought to her knees; she must be smashed to the ground, for otherwise we shall never have peace from this treacherous foe." With one accord the well-trained German papers have changed their former headline ''The for Calais" to "The Fight for Ypres." and are now endeavoring to convince their sorely bewildered readers that the destiny of the Fatherland depends on the issue "of the fighting at Ypres. The 'Frankfurter Zeitung' of November 10. commenting on the situation in the west, admits that the " considerable sueerssps" of the Germans in this quarter have not had much effect on the general position, and it holds out no hope of a "decisive success." Whatever fluctuations may occur along the whole battle-line, 'the real issue lies in the north-west. The fate of the great battle in Flanders will bo decided at Ypres, and the result—so tar as the Allies are concerned—will determine the future 'development of the entire campaign in Frame. The victory at Ypres will open the road for us to the coast opposite England, and will enable us to break through the enemy's Hank. Our strategical position justifies us in definitely anticipating this victory. Not a single German newspaper has apparently been nernn'tted to comment on (he fact that the objective of the main forces in the west has been altered from Paris-tu Ypres.
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GERMAN FURY AGAINST BRITAIN, Evening Star, Issue 15708, 23 January 1915