A lasting peace; a conversation between X. (a neutral) and Y. (an Englishman) by G.W. Prothero. 1917
X. Let me ask you two questions: Why the Allies reject the proposal to make peace at once? And secondly: Why they are unable to accept the idea of a peace without victory?
Y. These two questions are closely connected; indeed, they are the same question in two different forms. "To put the answer quite simply, the Allies refuse to make peace now, because it would mean a peace without victory to them, but with victory for Germany. At the present moment Germany t is undefeated, though we believe she is nearing defeat. We are not victorious, though we believe our victory is at hand. How can you expect us to give up the reward when it appears to be within our grasp?
X. But why continue the bloodshed in order to obtain a result which you allow to be uncertain? Your enemies are now willing to give you practically all you want, or, at least, all that an impartial outsider would say you are entitled to expect.
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