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PEACE OR WAR? THE crises has come, and every minute the break out of a war is expected. Those who have advocated the coercion of Greece, in the supposed interest of peace, now find out what they ought to have found out long ago, viz., that the coercion of Greece means war and not peace. The Concert of Europe has decided that the Greek troops must evacuate the island. Perhaps their commands will be obeyed— perhaps not. But on the frontiers of Ma- cedonia the sentries of the Turkish and Grecian army are now standing within fifiy I yards of one another, and the armies at their backs recognise no authority unless it comes direct from Constantinople and Athens. The Powers of Europe have done their best by their unreasonable treatment of Greece, to exasperate that heroic kingdom, and cause its army to Cross the frontier, and thus set a lighted match to the most inflv, mabio of European materials—the Eastern question. Now, when we are afraid it is too late, the Tory newspapers of this country are begin ning to realise what this poiicy is leading to, but their only remedy is to ask that no sympathy should be expressed with Greece, so as no.#, to 'eog liar on' to 'war. But it is not the sympathisers that encouraged Greece on to war. It is the treatment that she has received from the Great Powers of Europe. The conduct of Greece through- out has been a noble one. After freeing the Cretans from the oppression of the Turks, it offered to forego any territorial advantages to itself, so as not to imperil the peace of Europe. Not only that, but Greece offered to recognise Turkish suzerainty for a, time, and place its own troops at the dis- posal and under the command of the Powers, for the preservation of peace in the island. No concession, however, was acceptable to the Concert of Europe, and having offered this, the Greek Government could do no less afterwards than stand to its guns, It is not Greece, we repeat, that is plung- ing Europe into It is the tyrannical policy of the Powers, and Greece, by this time, is, as a contemporary puts it,, liittle, more than a passive Jink in the chain at causes and effects which the blind and cruel policy of the Powers has forged.' Is it not time that the people of this country should speak out, and state whether they are wflling to supply their soldiers to fight the battle of the Great Assassin'? That, in reality, is what this country is being dragged into. Already a draft of six hundred men has been ordered to co- operate with the other Powers to subdue Greece, and to put the Turk again in au- thority. Dunng the past year, meeting after meeting has been held to protest Z" p against the massacre of the Armenians. Now, we are the aliiea of the author of those horrible massacres, and we are asked to supply troops to assist him. Can any- thing bo mora derogatory to British-honour and British feeling ? Apparently, Lord Salisbury is only a puppet in the hands cf continental diploma- tists. He refers Parliament to the French minister for an explanation of the policy that is agreed upon by the Powers. As Sir William Harcourt said at Norwich, no such disgraceful answer was ever before given by a British Minister to a British IL Parliament.' Not only are we expected to acquiesce in any policy the other Powers may agree upon, but we are also to get our information from the ministers of other countries, instead of from our own. Surely British degradation cannot go much lower. We have no wish to make party capital out of this question it is a national ques- tion, and one of the greatest importance. To quote again from the same source, 'It is a national interest that we should not light as the allies, direct or indirect, of the author of the Armenian massacres, that our foreign policy should be shaped and an- nounced in Croat Britain, and not shaped at Berlin and announced in Paris, and that we should not be remembered by those who came after us as the generation of British people who used their fleet and army to ruin a gallant neighbour for doing a heroic ') action.'

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