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AND THE OUTBREAK OF WAR. 73 ‘V
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
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