Kandos and Rylstone History P.21
The Mudgee Guardian: Jan 7, 1915
Some Alleged Patriots
Of late numbers of somewhat fanatical and jingoistic British subjects have been rushing into print with varied and multitudinous suggestions about the rounding up and interning of all Germans in the community. As a general rule these letters have been as pregnant with false logic and inverted ethics as was De Quincey’s essay upon ‘Murder as a Fine Art’. Students of history who are acquainted with the birth and progress of the German Empire are well aware that the Teutonic people, as a people, had no more to do with the present colossal murder campaign than the Martians or the Heroes or the Anthropophagi. They have been dragged into war because a militant autocracy has arrogated to itself or stolen the power of diplomatic decision. From the earliest times, when Prussia carried incendiariam and destruction amongst the peaceful states and cities of central and north-western Europe the principle, nay, the religion of appealing to the sword in the settlement of all quarrels—national or personal—has been ground into the people. This false and brutal idea met with success because its arch-priest, Bismarck was a man devoid of all honour, principle, or compassion. But it was bound to fail in the long run, because it was at war with every spiritual and moral law of man. Yet, because it succeeded temporarily, the German people have embraced it and surrounded it with the halo of Divine approbation. Taught by Nietzache, the imbecile, and Treitzsche, the white-haired professorial humbug, and General Bernhardi, the autocratic militarist, that the gospel of force—the duty to make war—win a natural law and a Divine mandate from the Heavens, persuaded by the sensational success of Bismarck’s ‘blood and iron’ policy, the German people allowed their reason to be swept aside by frantic patriotism and bellicose enthusiasm. So, when the military caste—with its army organised to ‘the last gaiter button’ - decided to precipitate this war of all the centuries, the populace acclaimed the decision. For this they must and will suffer.