chapter  18
28 Pages

“Give a Lead”

WHEN the House of Commons debated the Far Eastern situation on February 27th, Japan, according to the main body of the British Government’s critics, had been “declared the aggressor.” Moreover, the Japanese offensive in Jehol had begun in earnest. Now, if ever, one would have expected to find the League enthusiasts and the spokesmen of the Opposition presenting a straightforward and unqualified demand for the application of the sanctions provided for in Article XVI of the Covenant. Nothing of the kind actually occurred.