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`J AND THE OUTBREAK OF WAR. 39
we had to do with an apparently undivided
‘ Germany. And I think that an examination
will show that both sides are justified in their
i criticisms: that the unscrupulousness of the
i military party is equalled by the incompetence
{ of the Chancellor, and that it is the combination
of the two which is bringing about the downfall
i of Germany.
Were I a German I know not which I
should blame most. At least the military
people seem to have known what they wanted
and how they were going to get it; the
Chancellor was neither strong enough to oppose .
them nor consistent in abetting them.
Now, anyone who has studied carefully
the origins of the war will recognise the
importance of these statements. It has always
Y been recognised that there was a real difliculty
in disentangling the events of the last days
of the crisis ; it was obvious that the solution
A of the difliculty must be found in dissensions
between different parties in the highest circles
at Berlin. These disclosures may afford us
a clue.
But they are not the only help we have.
In his speech of August, 1915, to which suHi­
eient attention has not been paid, the Chan- I
cellor for the first time gave an account of