That is how Austria-Hungary
looks upon the war. She never wished
for territorial increase, she wished for peace and that her people
should develop in safety.
Germany equally had nothing to gain by a war, but Germany knows that Austria-Hungary’s enemies are her enemies and that the dismemberment of the Hapsburg monarchy would mean the isolation of the German Empire.
And so, after all efforts
to keep Russia and England from breaking
the peace of Europe had failed, she drew her sword to defend her
and her allies’ (ally’s) interests.
Truth and honor are on the side of the two empires in this war, the unspeakable inventions and prevarications published by the French, Russian, and English press in the last weeks alone must prove to the American people who can afford to tell the truth and nothing but the truth in this war.
and German people have a clear conscience and
need fear no misrepresentation of their action.
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By Count Michael Karolyi, Leader of Hungarian Independent Party, New York, July 27.
If Austria had pursued a policy of directly helping the Balkan countries, if Austria had in the past made it a point to be actively their friend, this war would not confront us. Since it has come, of course all Hungarians will support the empire and internal differences will be dismissed while the empire is imperiled.
As for the loyalty of the many Serbs within Austria-Hungary it is hard to say. There again we must hope that they will take the Austrian side. But the Austrian policy toward the Balkan countries has been wrong, all wrong.
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