Bones of Contention

Bones of Contention

Bones of Contention

Bones of Contention

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I have brought these bones of contention into a collection not because I "hoped it would vex somebody," but because I hope they are food for thought. As in Lessons of My Life--though in simpler form--I have written them in unconnected chapters into which readers may dip at random. Personally I do not regard these chapters as controversial. They are merely a contribution to Security.

As controversial, however, they will certainly be taken, and neither I nor, I imagine, my publisher will mind. The experience of trying to tell the English-speaking publics the truth about the Germans has been an interesting one. My chief impression has been the strong hold of German propaganda, and the reinforcement that it has received from the German refugees--with a few outstanding exceptions. These Germans are all brothers under their skin, and they are marvellously well-organized everywhere. To have gained added insight into their racket has been well worth their abuse.

These years of effort, however, have been worth while in many another way. For the first time I have myself taken part in the rough and tumble of politics, instead of trying to advise politicians. The game is not clean, but in the mud of the scrimmage I have learned much that I never knew before as a mere expert. I am glad of the knowledge but also glad that I did not possess it sooner. It is an absorbing game, but I should not have wished to play it professionally or to have begun it earlier. It will be a relief to be eventually free to write of something else, free also perhaps to speak of something else or, if I wish, to keep silent. Nearly every speech I have made in the House of Lords these recent years has been on one aspect or another of the problem of Germany, the problem of preventing her from gaining again in peace the victory she could not gain at war. And nearly all of my speeches outside the House have been on the platforms of the "Win the Peace" Movement, of which I am president--a Movement that from its near-cloistered headquarters at 4 Dean's . . .

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