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Full text of "The Struggle For Peace"

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MR. BELLENGER : " It is an insult to say it."
THE PRIME MINISTER : "I say in the name of this House
and of the people of this country that Czechoslovakia has
earned our admiration and respect for her restraint, for her
dignity, for her magnificent discipline in face of such a trial as
few nations have ever been called upon to meet. General
Syrovy said the other night in his broadcast:
" * The Government could have decided to stand up against
overpowering forces, but it might have meant the death of
" millions/
" The army, whose courage no man has ever questioned,
has obeyed the order of their President, as they would equally
have obeyed him if he had told them to march into the trenches.
It is my hope, and my belief, that under the new system of
guarantees, the new Czechoslovakia will find a greater security
than she has ever enjoyed in the past. We must recognise that
she has been put in a position where she has got to reconstruct
her whole economy, and that in doing that she must encounter
difficulties, which it would be practically impossible for her to
solve alone. We have received from the Czechoslovak
Government, through their Minister in London, an appeal to
help them to raise a loan of 30,000,000 by a British Govern-
ment guarantee. I believe that the House will feel with the
Government that that is an appeal which should meet with a
sympathetic and even a generous response.
" So far as we have been able to ascertain, the Czecho-
slovak Government has not as yet addressed any similar
request to any other Government. It is evident that the terms
and conditions of a guaranteed loan and the question of what
Governments would participate in it, may raise matters which
could not be decided immediately ; but evidently this is one
of those cases where the old proverb applies, that * He who
gives quickly gives twice/ [HON. MEMBERS : * Takes
twice/] Would hon. Members opposite kindly allow me to
continue this rather important part of my statement without
those continual interruptions, which distract attention and
make it difficult for the House to take in what I am saying ?
His Majesty's Government are informing the Czechoslovak
Government that we are prepared immediately to arrange for