PARIS (Jan. 23)
Germany’s answer to France on the disarmament quetion makes clear two things: Hitler’s Germany has no intention of recognizing trail period, and Hitler’s Germany demands armament strength on a par with that of France. It is, moreover, a fact, one for the recognition of which one needs no substandiation from Berlin, that the Thrid Reid is arming feverishly and that, if the negotiations between Berlin and Paris continue much longer, Hitler’s “gleaming weapons” will greatly exceed the war strength of Imperial Germany.
Adolf Hitler has made his proclamations come true: he has broken all agreements. By so doing he showed the German people that all his predecessors, who felf themselves bound by compacts and who believed that the world would not let off clean anyone who dared whistle at what was right, were vacillating fellows.
If the powers wish to put up with this state of things, that is their affair. But in that case it is superfluous to continue to fleece the nations by the cost of disarmament conferences. For what would be the good of any further Geneya consultaions? No goverment which is aware of its responsibilities can strike even one soldier, one connon or one airship from its budget. All the disarmament hopes of the past twelve years must be borne to their graves. With military honors!
It is amazing that the English government apparently will not yet admit this. In England, the is taken as an indication of further negotiation possibilities. Naturally, there are such possibilities. In fact, they are aimed at in Berlin. But Herr von Papen has hung the bell play its role in Western Europe by force, which according to von Papen’s conception, can alone establish right and maintain it. In Berlin at present they are desious of negotiating about right until they have accumuiated enough force to employ it.
This tactic is not a new one for Adolph it agaist the German parties. To these the has even pledge his word of honor more than once. Each of these pledges was broken separately later on. So long as he had power enough, he turned his back upon the parties which had depended upon his promises. He will do exactly the same thing when he is ready, to the powers outside of Germany.
For the arming of Germany means war! Whoever permits Hitler to arm, must also clearly recognize from the first the consequences of his armament. No one can, later, deny responsiblity for these consequences with the exuse that he did not know them and did not wish them.