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for war. The fallacy of the paragraph consists
in the confusion between " precluding a
peaceful solution " and " rendering mobilisation
inevitab1e," and it was the action of the
German Government which insisted on de-
mobilisation by one Power, but gave no help
in bringing about similar action by the other,
which converted a comparatively favourable ;
situation into one from which no escape was
possible. It is for this reason that we are I
justiiied in saying that it was Germany, and T
Germany alone, that made war inevitable,
` and when I say Germany, in this case I mean, _,
not the Chancellor, but the Emperor. I
And now we come to the most important
evidence in the whole matter. Grey’s formula
was sent to Austria; it was discussed there, E
and the discussion was continuing when news
of Russia’s mobilisation arrived. The answer i
was sent to Germany. What was the answer ?
It was not an acceptance of Grey’s formula. f
On one point it embodied a great concession;
the Austrian Government agreed to English
mediation, they agreed, that is, to mediation =·
after Russia had mobilised completely, and
so confirm the view that mobilisation was
not a necessary cause for war. But on the ii
point of suspending military operations, there A