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A FALSE FRIEND OF PEACE

One of the most nolesvorthy despatches. in the Yellow Book recently published bv the French Government is that in which M. Gumboil, the French Ambassador, points to a date upon which th« Kaiser, who had hitherto been regarded in Franco as an ardent friend of p."ace, joined whole-heartedly the party who were bent upon war. This despatch give? an account of a conversation between the Kaiser and the King of tho Belgians in Berlin in November. 1010. in the presence of Count You Moltke. the Chief of the German Military Staff. The iimperor. said M. Camboii greatly astonished the, King of tho Belgians. This time lie found the Emperor completely changed. To his eyes the Emperor' no longer appears us the champion of peace against tho bellicose tendencies of certain German parties. The Emperor has come to think that war with Franco is inevitable, and that thinss must com" to that sooner or ]a.t-e;\ Ho believes naturally in tho overwhelming superiority of tho German Army and in its certain success. Genera! Yon Moltke spoke exactly as his sovereign. He, too, declared that war was necessary and inevitable, and he was oven more '-oui'tdeiit of success, tor he, said to King Albert : "This time wc must s°ttie tho business once, for all. and Your Majesty can have no idea of tho irresistible enthusiasm which, on that day, will sweep over tho whole of the German people." The. King of the Belgians protested that- it was travestying" the intentions of tho French Government to interpret them in ibis fashion, and that Germany "-.-is p.110v.bersolf to be misled as to the sentiments of'the French nation by the manifestations of some hot-heads or n»;;scieiiceless intriguers. Tho Empoivr and his Chief of Staff, none the Ic;*. persisted in their point of \iew throughout this conversation.'

That the Kaiser thoroughly understood and endorsed tho ambitions of his War Lords is now placed beyond the shadow of doubt. He rrmdo ii» protest when General Von Moltke avowed the intention of Germany to override nil "moral" considerations and all questions of right. "Tho commonplaces as to the responsibilities of tho aggressor," said the Chief of the German Staff, " must bo disregarded. When war becomes necessary it must be waged by ranging all the chances on one's Kid'©. Success alone justifies it." It is now perfectly well known that King Albert of Belgium was warned, more or lew delicately, of what would happen to his country if .sho stood in the way of Germany if she determined on war against France. Another dramatic disclosure in this Yellow Book is the publication of a secret official report prepared by an officer of the- German Headquarters Staff in 51 ay, \ 1913. This- is a.t cynical a,s anything that I has vet been given" t<t tho work! : To guarantee Germany her infliMiwva in tho affair* of tho whole world it is a, sacred duty to sharpen tho sword. We must got into the people tho idea, that our armaments axs a reply to French armaments and policy. Wo must accustom them to the idea of an offensive war, and so manage this matter that powerful armaments, considerable sacrifices, and a strained political situation will cause the. drawing of tire sword to bo regarded as a relief. We must prepare for war from the financial point of view without arousing the mistrust of financiers. Wc need not trouble about the German colonies, whose fate will bo settled in Europe. On the other hand, we must stir up. trouble in Egypt, Tunis, Algeria-, Morocco, and Russia. The scrap of paper theory was no impulsive outburst* 'by tho Imperial Chancellor -in his interview with Sir Edward JGoiwhcn. The Chief of Military Staff urg«d it in thja s«cr«t r»r»rt. Th« writ! I stat«», ho f&i-t, "especially H»ll»*«l mA "—this will lt« jJi»aea»i n*w» in' Hftllond—must 'lns t«i*tva.int<l t» i'«ll«w Germany or hj» " broken is." Th» Cr«wn iPrincs profasiwid a de&ir« that the Ura'tetl States would look at matters from the German point of view, and judge fairly the question who is responsible for tho war. The United .States and all the world beside have done so, and this is the reason why. except- Turkey, Germany ha? not a friend among the nations of the j«&r.lA t

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A FALSE FRIEND OF PEACE, Evening Star, Issue 15708, 23 January 1915

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A FALSE FRIEND OF PEACE Evening Star, Issue 15708, 23 January 1915

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