ONE of the grounds on which Labour rests its case against the Government is its continued desire to help the Russian people against the Bolshevist group. It regards, or pretends to regard, such an attitude as a pure piece of militarism, and in its eyes militarism is the enemy. Such a view is the outcome of a lack of knowledge of large outside affairs. For that knowledge opportunities of study or of personal observation are requisite, and these opportunities are perforce denied to the bulk of the working-class, and, indeed, to the public generally. Those, however, who know the real state of Russia have quite a different story to tell. Mr Churchill, for instance, speaking last week at a dinner of the Russia Society, pointed out that the Bolsheviks are now in process of development into a military organization which, if it combines, as is its intention, with German militarism, will threaten the peace of Europe and the stability of the League of Nations. For the time being Admiral Koltchak and General Denikin are holding up the Red Army, which otherwise would break down the feeble defences of the small States of Central Europe, and, joining hands with Germany, would enable the latter nation to become a menace to our Indian Empire. The late Ambassador to Petrograd, Sir George Buchanan, confirmed, in an article in Wednesday’s Pall Mall Gazette, the views expressed by Mr Churchill.
The Church Times digital archive is available free to subscribers