IT SEEMS to be assumed by some newspapers that Lenin will be invited to confer with the statesmen of the Supreme Council at Cannes. We hope that they are wrong. Bolshevism has changed its economic complexion, and for this reason is able still to control the peoples of Russia. That being so, some sort of understanding with the Bolshevik leaders is, we fear, inevitable. But to come to an understanding does not of itself involve as a preliminary the invitation to a Terrorist chief to meet on equal terms the statesmen of countries which are still Christian in name. Not yet can we know in detail what has happened in Russia, or apportion responsibility, But there is no question that horrible and revolting crimes have been committed by those who professed to act under Lenin’s authority. Statesmen cannot afford to be squeamish, there is a dark cupboard in every European chancellery. But Bolshevik terrorism was a ruthless war against Christianity and morality, marked by horrors unprecedented even in the French Revolution. Let Lenin send some respectable person — if he can commission one — to confer with the statesmen of Western Europe at Cannes. Until he has proved his personal innocence of the crimes of Bolshevism his presence there as an equal of European statesmen would be an insult not only to Christianity but to civilization.
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