GERMANY TURNS HER BACK ON THE EAST.
One by one the German big-wigs are exploiting the gentle art = of candour. Having laid aside the big stick, for reasons good, they are leaning now on meekness and general contrition. .Thus it is a very chastened Liman yon Sanders who has been speaking to the inquisitive Danes—and a most unblushing humbug. The Turkish campaign in Palestine, he says now, never had a prospect of success. But he takes good care to get well away from the Golden Horn before he says it. To the stupid predatory Turk, at the time, he promised Egypt and Tripoli both. The Sultan would rule again from Macedonia to the Sudan, the Prophet be acclaimed once more from Mecca to the ends of the original Moslem world. Even if the Turk, only half believed him he expected something better for his pains than to be the chopping-block of the superfluous British. But the real purpose of General von "Wanted" is to conceal the ashes of a shattered empire. His candour about the hopes he never entertained hides a secret agony over the project on which all Germany had set its mind and heart. Turkey does noi matter. Egypt and Palestine do not matter. Mesopotamia most cruelly does. When the through express to Basra ran off the rails the shock to Germany was cataclysmic. Few west of the Rhine have ever realised the passionate longing in Junkerdom for an oriental empire. "Berlin to Bagdad" was absorbing in itself,. and when thought of in connection with something bigger still, the dream became an intoxication. What von Sanders; means when he talks of "drawing a pen through the entire Turkish policy" is that Allenby, Marshall and Maude have long since pushed a sword through it. Germany can never go back to the East. Added to the Taurus ranges now are the might of Britain, the wrath of the hoodwinked Turks, and worse probably than any other obstacle, the skeleton of a ghastly and colossal failure.
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Sun, Sun, Volume VI, Issue 1746, 18 September 1919
GERMANY TURNS HER BACK ON THE EAST. Sun, Volume VI, Issue 1746, 18 September 1919
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