Excerpt from Stead's Review of Reviews: April May, 1915
Italian statesmen have the reputation in Europe of being most business-like and devoid altogether of sentiment. Italian neutrality has been inspired eu tirely by self-interest, and if she does come in it is highly probab... le that Italy will confine herself exclusively to seizing what she wants, and will refuse to send troops beyond the confines of what is known as liulz'a [hide/via and the Tren lino. The same, in lesser degree, may be said of Roumania, whose troops would be used. In the first instance. At any rate, to occupy Bukowina and Transylvania. How, one may ask, would the intervention of these at present neutral nations affect Germany and austro-hungary? In the first place, it would complete the ring of foes and end entirely all imports, which have filtered through Italy, Bulgaria, and Roumania. Then Austria, fighting desperately to save those provinces the neutrals covet, would be obliged to weaken the forces opposed to Russia, and Germany would have to send more and more men to try and stop the on ward march of the Tsar's troops. This would weaken her armies in France, in Flanders, in Poland, and the Allies would be able to force their way through into Germany herself, which, until her defenders are greatly de pleted, they could not hope to do. It is quite conceivable that a shattered Austria, with nothing but a humiliating peace and dismemberment before her, might quiet Italy, Roumania, and Ser bia by great concessions, and thus free her soldiers to fight Russia alone, but, before that stage is reached, the Ger mans will have been obliged to give the Allies that chance of breaking through, which, however loathe they may be to lose men, they would surely accept.
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