"COMPARATIVELY MILD ECONOMIC
|1.||Export into Italy of transport animals, rubber, bauxite, aluminium,
chromium, manganese, nickel, tungsten, tin, and other minerals, but not of
cotton, copper, iron, steel, or oil.|
The Committee imposed an embargo on mules, donkeys, and camels, and not on automobiles, trucks, and oil. The Committee and its chairman, Eden, were not without a sense of humour. Lloyd George described this farce as follows:
"Sanctions meant the cutting-off from Italy of all financial aid and of economic supplies, and the giving (?) of all such assistance to Abyssinia. To a country like Italy, dependent for so many commodities needed in war upon unhampered imports from overseas, was indeed a formidable deterrent. Eden's zeal and address and the principles which he proclaimed dominated the Assembly."
But the sanctions pressed by the League of Nations' Committee were "not real sanctions to paralyze the aggressor, but merely such half-hearted sanctions as the aggressor would tolerate". Why, then, such admiration for Eden's zeal and address and principles?