Tuesday, May 03, 2005

The Liberal Party and World War I

Http://members.tripod.com/~american_almanac/edwgrey.htm

Sir Edward Grey was the foreign Secretary in the Liberal government in Britain in 1914.

According to Webster Tarpley, in The American Almanac, March, 1995, "Sir Edward Grey Turned The Sarajevo Crisis Into War."

Tarpley claims that Grey used ‘perfidy and cunning’ to bring about a world war after the assassination of the heir to the throne of the Austro-Hungar Archduke Franz Ferdinand on June 28, 1914 in Sarajevo, Bosnia.

According to Tarpley, if Sir Edward Grey had wanted to avoid war, he could have warned France and Russia that Britain would remain neutral. Russia was unlikely to go to war without the support of Britain.

The kaiser apparently thought that if England did not fight, France and Russia were unlikely to do so either.

Tarpley claims that Grey gave France hints that England would support Russia and France. These hints were then passed on to Russian Foreign Minister Sazonov, a British agent, and to Czar Nicholas II.

Tarpley points out that "the British were the first of the great powers to mobilize their war machine, in this case the Grand Fleet of the Royal Navy.

"On July 19, the British staged a formidable naval demonstration with a review of the Grand Fleet at Portsmouth. On the afternoon of July 28, Winston Churchill ordered the fleet to proceed during the night at high speed with no lights from Portsmouth through the Straits of Dover to its wartime base of operations at Scapa Flow, north of Scotland."

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