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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 2, No. 14. July 12, 1939

[Letter from Hubert Witheford. 6/7/1939]

Editor. "Salient."

Dear Sir,—In connection with the many articles which have been published in "Salient" in recent months in criticism of the British Government's policy. I think the following questions are not entirely irrelevant:
(1)How many of the gentlemen who have criticised the policy of "appeasement" would have been prepared to fight in the war which was the only possible alternative to such a policy?
(2)Can they deny that Russia, which was linked to Czecho-Slovakia by a treaty of mutual assistance (similar to the joyfully-awaited Anglo-Russian pact), is at least as much responsible for the dismemberment of that country as Britain?
(3)How can they reconcile their indignation at the Nazis' brutalities with the complacency with which they regard the massacres perpetrated by the Reds, in Spain and Russia, except on the principle that if a Communist shoots a priest it's an act of justice, but if a Fascist shoots a Communist a fiendish atrocity has been committed.

Yours faithfully.

Hubert Witheford.