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中国人的精神3.192019-02-21

By this new Magna Charta of Loyalty, the people of the countries now at war must swear: first not to discuss, meddle or interfere in any way with the politics of the present war; secondly, absolutely to accept, submit to and abide by whatever terms of peace their actual rulers may decide upon among themselves.This new Magna Charta of Loyalty, will at once give the actual rulers of the countries now at war power and, with power, courage to make peace; in fact, power and courage at once to order and command peace.I am perfectly sure that as soon as this power is given them, the actual rulers of the countries now at war, will at once order and command peace. I say, I am perfectly sure of this, because the rulers of the countries now at war, unless they are absolute incurable lunatics or demons, which everybody must admit that they are not,—no, not even, I will venture to say here, the most slandered man now in Europe, the Emperor of Germany,—they, the rulers of the countries now at war, must see that for them together to continue to spend nine million pounds sterling of the blood and sweat—earned money of their people everyday in order to slaughter the lives of thousands of innocent men and to destroy the homes and happiness of thousands of innocent women, is really nothing but infernal madness. The reason why the rulers, soldiers and diplomats of the countries now at war cannot see this, is because they feel themselves helpless; helpless before the panic of the mob,—the panic of the crowd of plain men and women; in fact, as I said because the panic of the crowd,—the panic of the mob has seized and paralysed their brains. I say therefore the first thing to be done, if the present actual situation now in Europe is to be saved, is to rescue the rulers, soldiers and diplomats of the countries now at war from the panic of the mob,—the panic of the crowd of plain men and women by giving them power.
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