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II.

CONCERNING THE NATURE OF THE DuTCH-BeLGIAN FRONTIER.

The frontier separating Holland and Belgium, especially in the region of Dutch Limburg and of Flanders, has been subjected to criticism by the Belgians from a military point of view.

Holland does not share this view. But even when accepting it, one cannot deny that this frontier has both a traditional and a national character. It can not be altered without cutting the body of the country to the quick and robbjng part of its inhabitants of their nationality against their will. "Military necessity", even if one admits the correctness of the arguments which explain it, would not justify the forceful alteration of the present frontier.

Is not the Ticino considered a Swiss Canton, though the natural frontier follows the St. Gothard ? Or again, would anyone think of incorporating Belgium with France, simply because the latter country would be more able to defend the approaches to the Meuse? It is no less unjust to blame Holland for possessing territories which have belonged to her for centuries, simply because the Belgian military authorities would like to utilize them.

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