Excerpt from Stead's Review, Vol. 49: June 15, 1918
Commenting on the official account sent to Australia by the: Secretary of State for the Colonies. The Sydney Daily Telegraph says: The pity _is that it is far too cheery to be cheering, indeed, this easy going official optim... ism israther depress ing to all who realise that the storm may break any day now. The object of lthese'communications to the Dominions is apparently to help keep up our spirits and our confidence, out of a belief that we are all children, and have not the courage to look the facts in the face. It is the kind of treatment to which we have been sub jected all through the war. Before the March offensive the official and the in spired comment on the situation was just as optimistic-as it is now. If in the coming offensive the Germans meet with the same measure of success as they did in. That, it will bring them to the Channel ports and place the Allied cause in greater jeopardy than it has been since the battle of the Marne. It is not a time to shut our eyes to facts and indulge in the shallow optimism that is the chief characteristic of the Secretary of State's communications. That was written before the Aisne offensive began. The Sydney Szm thus delivers itself on the same matter: Comfort may be taken by weak hearts from such eyewash as the Optimistic Mr. Waiter Long recently circulated, 'but it is short lived in the face of cruel facts. A country which refuses to face the truth cannot reach salvation cannot preserve liberty. Defeat cannot be Converted into victory 'by a refusal to look at it.
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