BLISS WAS IT IN THAT DAWN TO BE ALIVE? by Donal Kennedy

BLISS WAS IT THAT DAWN TO BE ALIVE?

How THE TIMES hailed the 5th Anniversary of the Murder of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie June 28 1919 –

“On this the morning of the day appointed for the signature of the most far-reaching and the most comprehensive effort ever made by diplomacy to regulate the future of the nations upon a settled system of amity we lay before our readers the full text of the Peace Treaty.

Numbers of them, we wish to think, will desire to preserve, and to hand down to those who come after them, a great historical memorial, as it appears to this generation in its first complete form, of the war we have fought and the victory we have won. The Treaty to be signed today is the outward symbol and the material record, so far as words and parchments can express and embody them,of the high results reaped for us from all the blood  and tears of this unmatched trial of our nation and our race. It is meet that, in every home where our tongue is spoken from which a man went forth to battle for the cause of freedom and of right, this token of the great things he has helped to do should remain a possession forever.

The 440 Articles of the Treaty deal only with such part of the world settlement as must be agreed between the Allies and Associates of  one part and Germany on the other. An examination of the text will suggest some idea of the immense amount of work which the preparation and the drafting of these clauses have imposed on the Committees of the Conference. It will also bring into relief the truth on which we have already insisted that no part of the Treaty will be finished by the ceremony of this afternoon. A settlement so wide, so intricate and so technical teems with opportunities for evasion and bad faith. We know the Germans do not intend to abide by the

Treaty. Unless the Allies and Associates have the machinery of decision and of constraint ready,

and unless they keep a firm grasp upon it, the Treaty is a dead letter. President Wilson is sensible to this. The nations, he repeated at the farewell banquet, must league themselves together, so as to make it impossible for any state to repeat the crime of Germany. The friendship

and cooperation of the Allies and Associates, steadily upheld, would breathe into the text a living

spirit. Without that spirit it will remain a text and nothing more.”

Pass the SICKBAG, ALICE. None of the Aliies acted in good faith. They launched the war which

they had long planned. They would have lost it, had not their Associate, the United States pulled

their chestnuts out of the fire, as the late, great American writer (and WWII veteran) Gore Vidal,

amongst others, recognised. The Allies had no intention of honouring the Covenant of the League of Nations which they signed up to. Britain profited from Mussolini’s Rape of Abyssinia,

collecting Suez Canal Tolls from the Rapists,  The world is as lawless as ever it was and Western

Powers are the most predatory and murderous.

I should think few British soldiers bothered with the lies of THE TIMES. They will have tried to forget the glory of war which they recognised as moonshine and bullshite no matter how elegantly presented. 

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