100 years ago: Italians look immovable

12 October 2011

October 13th, 1911.

[A force of 1600 Italian sailors had taken Tripoli (100 Years Ago, last week). They were followed a week later by an expeditionary force of 20,000 Italian troops. Tobruk was also occupied by the Italian navy. The Turks had retreated towards the interior of what is today Libya.] 

IN REGARD to the war between Italy and Turkey, it may with confidence be asserted that Italy will not be ousted by force from Tripoli. Turkey has no navy where­with to prevent the Italians from landing in force, and it is doubtful in the extreme whether a guerrilla war from the hinterland could be carried on for any great length of time and with the prospect of success. Such being the outlook, Germany is hard at work impress­ing upon the Ottoman Government the wisdom of accepting the inevitable. On the indispensable condition of the cession of Tripoli, she will use her good offices to induce Italy to pay a substantial indemnity, and further suggests that Turkey should join the Triple Alliance, as the only combination of the Powers that will secure Otto­man integrity. Mean­while, through­out the Mussulman world a con­siderable ferment has been created, to how serious an extent may be gathered from the letter addressed to Wednesday’s Times by Syed Ameer Ali. The writer calls upon England to make her voice heard in this clamour of nations, though he stops short of urging the resort to force. Yet it is difficult to see what she can do by mere suasion.

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