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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 1, No. 19 September 6, 1938



So if Germany marches to-morrow. Britain is at war. But Britain doesn't want to fight Germany yet: she wants Germany first to attack the U.S.S.R. France could easily be bought off or paralysed by a parliamentary crisis. If the attack falls Germany becomes a minor power and Britain reconciles herself to the impregnability of Russia. If the attack succeeds Britain thanks God for the end of Bolshevism and either bullies Germany into disgorging most of the spoils (as she did Japan in 1895) or else leads the rest of Europe in an attack on her in her weakened post-war state, annihilates her and then splits her own allies into two camps and settles down to control Europe for the next decade by the balance of power technique.

So Britain's aim at present is to prevent France from fighting Germany over Czechoslovakia, and the way to do that is to weaken Czechoslovakia's military position enough to ensure that if she does insist on defending herself when the moment comes, France will think she's too weak an ally to be worth fighting for.

You watch Runciman persuade Benes to cripple his own country.