THE Bolshevik army continues its victorious march into Poland. Meanwhile Great Britain is puzzling over the ambiguity of the Soviet reply to the proposal for a conference in London, and Mr Winston Churchill, through the medium of an evening paper, has startled the more sober-minded with talk of co-operation between Engand, France, and Germany in the task of resisting the spread of Bolshevism. We are completely in agreement with his contention that Poland must be preserved in her independence, and we recognize the necessity of assisting Poland in rebutting the attacks of the invader. The “peace” terms proposed to Poland by the Soviet Government are obviously intended to be impossible of acceptance, inasmuch as they demand large cessions of territory, surrender of all war material, a heavy indemnity in kind, and seventy per cent of her railway rolling-stock. In addition, all salt and coal mines are to be handed over as a guarantee of good behaviour. And, as if that were not enough, a Soviet government is to be imposed on Poland, and there is to be a military occupation for five years. The first exhibition of power by a “people’s government” looks uncommonly like the wildest theories of imperialism and capitalism put into practice. We shall look with interest for the comments of British Labour.
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