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successfully frustrated, the clear issue had
been preserved. There remained, then, nothing ;
. to be done except to announce German mobili­ f
sation. This would naturally follow on Wed- ë
nesday or on Thursday morning. In this case T
war would naturally begin the next day.
Let us suppose that this had happened.
Germany alone was prepared; the Belgian ·
army was not yet mobilised; the French ;
had not yet completed their preliminary ar-
rangements; practically nothing had been f
T done in England; the Germans, in fact,
seemed to have the whole game in their hands. T
Liège could not have defended itself as it J
did later; the rush through Belgium would
have been almost unimpeded, and with good ï
fortune the Germans might have been in
Paris in six weeks, if not sooner. For those
who regarded the military situation alone, it pg
was, indeed, a glorious opportunity. It was
gg an opportunity which the military leaders .
A proposed to use. Iunius puts the case clearly
hi enough. A " clear-sighted military authority," T
the Army, the General Staff, the Chief of the
Staff, Count von Moltke, who, as the Emperor
has said, did such excellent work in preparing
for this war, supported certainly by the Crown
Prince and the national parties, looked for-