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Full text of "The Struggle For Peace"

THE  SPANISH  IMBROGLIO

Two days later, on the evening of i6th March, the Prime
Minister spoke again on the foreign situation^ this time arising
out of the affairs of Spain^ -where as a result of a great and un-
expectedly sudden victory the Nationalist Forces under General
Franco -were threatening by a march to the Mediterranean
to cut off the Republicans in Catalonia from those in central
and southern Spain. The Opposition^ in its anxiety to assist
the Spanish Socialists and Communists in their hour of adver-
sity^ attributed this victory entirely to Italian and (according
to Sir Archibald Sinclair) German troops, whereas it now
appears from the number of foreign prisoners and material cap-
tured in that action by the Nationalists that the foreign help given
at that time to the Republicans was very substantial. This,
however^ the Opposition almost entirely ignored. Mr. Green-
wood said that the Prime Minister by his inaction was by impli-
cation selling Spain to Mussolini as he had sold Austria to
Hitler. Mr. Attlee^ moving the adjournment^ urged a *' craven
government99'to end non-intervention and to take a firm stand^
regardless of consequences^ on behalf of his friends in Spain by
supplying them with arms and ammunition. " I give the Govern-
ment this warning. They have had many chances lately of
taking a stand on the side of freedom^ a stand for collective
security and a stand on the side of international lawy and of
preventing things from going down the abyss. Those chances
have been neglected. They have another chance now by joining
with France and concerting with them measures to help the
people of Spain, and if they reject it, it may be a case of now or

never."