Excerpt from Looking Toward Peace
After what we know now of the close political relations among the trio, Belgium must never again come under the control of England or France. The little nation will profit by this change of masters; she will forever be protected from the cabals of neighbors; she will share in the prestige and prosperity of a great modern Power; above all, she will be rescued from that widespread illiteracy already a menace. If the rough element, Walloons and their like, at the outbreak of hostilities had been able to read the placards posted in public places by their own Government, commanding civilians not to fire on the invading army, Louvain at this moment would be as intact as Brussels.
Germany is not likely to surrender the control of the Rhine by giving up alsace-lorraine, the unchallenged property of the Germanic people for eight centuries, wrested from them at last by Louis XIV. All she need consider in this connection, since the Reichsland's rising generation seems with her body and soul, is how best to dispose of a few old French families who prefer to create disturbance rather than vacate the premises. Germany long has desired to transform France into a friend; but if this proves impossible, she may remain, as an assurance of good faith, exactly where she is - behind that natural barrier along the Meuse and Aisne.
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