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Full text of "The Struggle For Peace"

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States where authoritarian ideas prevail. This Agreement
proves the contrary, and I am encouraged by what has hap-
pened to hope that we have taken only the first step towards a
healthier and saner state of things in Europe.
" I believe that for Italy and ourselves this Agreement
marks the beginning of a new Era. In former days we had a
close friendship with the old Italy, the Italy which, with our
warm approval and sympathy, won her independence and her
unity under Cavour and Mazzini and Garibaldi. [HON.
MEMBERS : * And Mateotti.'] To-day there is a new Italy,
an Italy which, under the stimulus of the personality
of Signor Mussolini, is showing new vigour, in which
there is apparent new vision and new efficiency in
administration------"
MR. A. V. ALEXANDER : " And new horrors/*
THE PRIME MINISTER : " —and in the measures which
they are taking to improve the conditions of their people.
With the laying aside of temporary differences which this
Agreement has brought about, I believe that we may look
forward to a friendship with the new Italy------"
MR. ALEXANDER :  " Never."
THE PRIME MINISTER : "—as firmly based as that by which
we were bound to the old/'