A Step At A Time: January 2014

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"EUROPE NEEDS WHAT RUSSIA CAN GIVE" LLOYD GEORGE'S STATEMENT London, February 10.

14 February 1920, Barrier Miner (Broken Hill, NSW : 1888 - 1954), page 1

…in the developed West and in the colonial and semi-colonial countries of the world. As Lenin put it : "We do not for a moment believe in lasting trade relations with the imperialist powers; what we shall obtain will be simply a breathing space [ peredyshka ]." Some of the early effects of the new Soviet policy could be seen in movements like the Britain's "Hand Off Russia" movement, which questioned the wisdom of conducting what left-wing circles portrayed as an undeclared war on Russia. As early as February 1920 Britain's Liberal Prime Minister, David Lloyd George , gave a speech to Parliament in which he asserted that the best way to restore order in Russia was by means of trade, not military force, and that the key to Western success was "to fight anarchy with abundance". Today, there are differences - for example, instead of the context of a European war, there are the conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria. But's not hard to detect echoes of the 1920s. There are the same attitudes taken by Western governments - their wait-and-see policies that put the interests of trade and commerce before any confrontation, even of a diplomatic kind, over issues…