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‘ AND THE OUTBREAK OF WAR. 47 .
ward for immediate mobilisation and instant T
5 action. We can easily picture these men,
i who had so admirably prepared for the war, ;
l who had drawn up in every detail the scheme S
pl on which it was to be conducted, who were =
straining at the leash and grudging every
hour’s delay. Complete success depended on "
· its execution before the enemy was ready. `
; They cared nothing for the political situation.
A They did not trouble themselves about the "
i possibility of the intervention of England,
for they believed that if England did inter- ’
< vene, she would not be strong enough to
J prevent the accomplishment of the scheme, _
and they also believed that ii it was once
# accomplished, if Germany were victorious on
the Continent, the whole power of England
would have been unable to undo what had
,; been done.
What a picture does this afford us of the
. danger to Europe. How futile to deny, as
the Germans would do, the presence of mili­ -
T tarisin. Here, in the heart of Europe, were
these men, having an almost insuperable army,
fully prepared to begin by a surprise attack
the war which they had long considered
inevitable. {
This was the situation when the Council H