Toward a Better World

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CHAPTER XVI
INVESTING IN FRIENDSHIP

In a review of the war situation given in a national broadcast from Cape Town on April 26, 1941, the Field Marshal expressed the view that Britain is building up the moral capital with which the New World Order will be floated when victory is won.

I HAVE been asked to broadcast my impressions of the present war situation and, in view of certain current misconceptions, I readily do so.

Some people appear to be depressed by the turn of events in the Balkans. The sudden and unexpected collapse of Jugoslavia after a brief resistance, and the overwhelming of Greece after her heroic defence against terrible odds, make them fear for the future of the Allied cause. They also note that British forces have once more retired before the superior force of the enemy. They forget that in the last war the position of the Allies in that quarter of Europe was far worse than it is today. Then, both Rumania and Serbia were overrun and crushed; both Bulgaria and Turkey were active allies of Germany, and a large German and Turkish army threatened Egypt and was only beaten off from the very banks of the Suez Canal. Even so, the Allied cause moved to a grand victory in the end.

My friends who fear for the future because of what is

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