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have become apparent that he had only begun 1,
to take this point of view after he had become
aware that in the case of war Germany would `
probably have to meet Great Britain as well .4
as France and Russia. It would therefore T
have been disclosed that the original plan
had been given up owing to the fear created
by the prospect of a war with England; it
would have been seen that this was the way
in which Sir Edward Grey had forced Germany
into a peaceful attitude.
To have let this be known in Germany
l would have been most inconvenient ; it would
have made it impossible, as was done, to
work up German indignation against England ; l
it would have completely disproved the fan- .
tastic fabric which has been put before the i
German people who have been taught that 1
the war, when it finally came, was the deliberate Z
Eê and foreseen culmination of a hostile en- Y
Ii circling of Germany, started by King Edward
and carried through with sinister malevolence l
gl for ten years. The Chancellor could not ex-
1 culpate himself without at the same time
paying the highest tribute to Sir Edward
_ Grey’s efforts in the cause of peace. And, · g
, in fact, now that this evidence has been
published, it gives the lie, as I shall show Q