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Full text of "The Struggle For Peace"

A GUARANTEE AGAINST INVASION

A week later in the House of Commons Mr. Chamberlain
stated that recent actions of the German Government had" raised
the question whether that Government is not seeking ly suc-
cessive steps to dominate Europe, and perhaps even to go further
than that" and that, " were this interpretation of the intentions
of the German Government to prove correct, His Majesty's
Government feel bound to say that this ^ould rouse the successful
resistance of this and other countries who pri^e their freedom, as
similar attempts have done in the past." He mentioned that
consultations -were proceeding with other friendly Governments,
but added that there was " no desire on the part of His Majesty9 s
Government to stand in the way of any reasonable efforts on the
part of Germany to expand her export trade . . . nor . . . to
set up in Europe opposing blocks of countries with different ideals
about the forms of their internal administration. We are solely
concerned here with the proposition that we cannot submit to a
procedure under which independent States are subjected to such
pressure under threats of force as to be obliged to yield up their
independence, and we are resolved by all means in our power to
oppose attempts, if they should be made, to put such a pro-
cedure into operation"

On the ^ist March the Prime Minister announced the first
step in his new policy of safeguarding peace by guaranteeing the
independence of those who might otherwise be the subject of
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