Lord Lans­downe’s view on the Great War

Strathearn Herald - - MEMORY LANE -

Lord Lans­downe has made a con­tro­ver­sial state­ment on the is­sue of the war.

Re­fer­ring to the pro­posed League of Na­tions to en­force peace af­ter the war, he states that it was right to put se­cu­rity in the front line of our peace terms, and it was sat­is­fac­tory to know that in prin­ci­pal there seemed to be com­plete una­nim­ity on that point.

In my be­lief, he says, if the war is to be brought to a close in time to avert a world-wide catas­tro­phe, it will be be­cause on both sides the peo­ples of these coun­tries in­volved re­alise that it has al­ready lasted too long.

An im­mense stim­u­lus would prob­a­bly be given to the peace party in Ger­many if it were un­der­stood:

1) that we do not de­sire the an­ni­hi­la­tion of Ger­many as a Great Power; 2) that we do not seek to im­pose upon her peo­ple any form of govern­ment other than of their own choice; 3) that ex­cept as a le­git­i­mate war mea­sure, we have no de­sire to deny Ger­many her place among the great com­mer­cial com­mu­ni­ties of the world; 4) that we are pre­pared to ex­am­ine the ques­tion of the “free­dom of the seas”; 5) that we are pre­pared to en­ter into an in­ter­na­tional pact, un­der which am­ple op­por­tu­ni­ties would be af­forded for the set­tle­ment of in­ter­na­tional dis­pute by peace­ful means.

Mean­while, there are great ar­tillery and aerial raids into Ger­many, Jerusalem has been cap­tured and bom­bard­ments con­tinue on the Ital­ian front.

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