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CHAPTER XI.

THE PASSING OF POLITICAL MORALITY AND ITS REDEMPTION.

It raay be perfectly true that Germany's megalomania and ultra-militarism are the preponderating causes of the War. But who can deny that the annexation of the Boer Republics by Great Britain lowered the Standard of international politicalmorality,orthat it blunted the subtle distinctive feeling of right und wrong in the world PAndthatit made an impression on the world of fifteen years ago which was similar to that which Belgium's destruction has made on the world of 1915, true, not similar in intensity, but similar in character ? We are only too ready to admit that the comparison is anything but perfect; England had not guaranteed the Boer Republics, the Boers had more faults than even their friends in Holland cared to admit; South-Africa is better off now than before the war. But still, an injustice was done! There'sthe rub. Germany had to stand by. Her people had to be satisfied with giving vent to their feelings in print, being powerless to go any further. For as long as Germany possessed no naval power of sufficiƫnt strength to give her a voice in all

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