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To the Editors of the CRIMSON:
Yesterday's Transcript had an editorial entitled "We Were Not There, Fortunately," that every Harvard man should read, whether pro or anti-league of nations. It points out with characteristic clearness who is bossing Europe and who would boss our country if we were to accept the league as it is. But more than that, it shows the absolute worthlessness of the promises of the very astute and supposedly sincere European statesmen. Mr. Lloyd George claims that England must manufacture poison gases "because the other nations are doing it." Where is the promise of disarmament?
Hot upon that comes the news that Greece has repudiated the Anglicized premier and evidently wants a change. We are informed that the move is not anti-Ally, but merely an expression of dissatisfaction with conditions at home. At all events, it is pretty clear that ancient Hellas has had enough of readymade diplomacy and wants to be its own boss from Athens out and not from London or Paris in. But immediately England and France serve notice that they will "not tolerate," King Constantine's return. That it is a grave blow to the allies because it shows the great ingratitude of the people toward the man who did so much for Greece. After all, what concern is it of England if the Greek people are ungrateful? Didn't the United States show something very akin to Greece's so-called "ungratefulness," and aren't we all, or perhaps nearly all, glad that we had the chance of being "ungrateful"? Why didn't England and France serve notice upon us that they wouldn't stand such ungratefulness? Perhaps Mr. Lloyd George will be kind enough to tell us by what international law the Greek people are to be deprived of their king if they want to have him. Perhaps because the Council of the League can so declare, with the vote of the Representative of the Union of South Africa--"that stout Afrikander"--Lord Robert Cecil of Downing street. HECTOR LAZO '21.
November 17, 1920.
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