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Independent of His Majesty's Government and of all Governments. ' All the same, it was impossible to deny that the British Government was deeply involved in the success or failure of the mission. Newspapers which usually looked at Czechoslovak questions from very different angles from each other shared a considerable feeling of doubt and hesitation. ' 51 The News Chronicle was rather more forthright: 'Noone- certainly no Czech and no German- is going to accept Mr. ' 52 The mediator himself had deep doubts, though on different grounds.
The disorganisation which had resulted in all branches of production, distribution and transport would certainly prove highly detrimental in time of war. l 6 The British Labour Party's Advisory Committee on International Relations had similar doubts 'about Russia's real strength and real loyalty to the League's cause' Y They added a disconcerting rider: 'Without Russia's power the League's sum won't come out'. We may wonder whether the sum would come out, even with Russia's power. The Labour Party, having raised the question, never really answered it -or rather, they assumed that the answer would be a satisfactory one, and -like most critics -proceeded thereafter to look at the matter from a diplomatic rather than a military angle.
The British, French and Czech Military Attaches in Moscow discussed the question. They agreed that the route would have to be through Poland. Russia would demand passage. In the likely event of Poland refusing, Russia would declare war on the Poles. 19 Another disturbing feature of the situation was the character of the state, Czechoslovakia, which might soon become the nominal cause of a great European war. The total population was around 14! millions. The two eponymous races were both Slavs, and spoke related languages; but their histories and current conditions were very different.
In the Year of Munich by Roy Douglas (auth.)