The Czechoslovak Review/Volume 2/Allied labor in favor of Czech demands

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3471096The Bohemian Review, volume 2, no. 5 — Allied labor in favor of Czech demands1918


The press of the United States has not paid as much attention to the Inter-Allied Labor Conference which met in London on February 2d, as its significance entitled it to. The conference adopted a platform containing the war aims of the Allied Labor, and thanks to the indefatigable labors of our workers in England, principally Miss Olga Masaryk, daughter of the Bohemian leader, and of Mr. V. Nosek, the Czech demands were specifically mentioned and substantially endorsed. The platform, as far as it relates to Austria-Hungary, reads:

“The Conference does not propose as a war aim the dismemberment of Austria-Hungary or its deprivation of economic access to the sea. On the other hand the Conference cannot admit that the claims to independence, made by the Czechs, Slovaks and the Jugoslavs, must be regarded merely as questions for internal decision. National independence ought to be accorded, according to rules laid down by the League of Nations, to such peoples as demand it, and these communities ought to have the opportunity of determining their own groupings and federations, according to their affinities and their interests.”

Hawaiian Branch of the Bohemian National Alliance.

It is interesting to note what the Imperial-Royal Austrian Correspondence Bureau made of this paragraph in the version communicated by it to the newspapers of Austria. The text of the Austrian Bureau read: “As far as Austria-Hungary is concerned, it is declared that she is not to be dismembered or deprived of economic access to the sea. On the other hand, the conference recognizes that the aspirations of Czechoslovaks and Jugoslavs to independence should be satisfied, but that they must be treated as internal political matters.”

That, of course, is quite different from the London text. The Labor Conference, like President Wilson, does not say that Austria is not to be disrupted; it merely states that the dismemberment of Austria is not one of the war aims of the Allies. The Correspondence Bureau lies directly and intentionally, when it attempts to convince the subject-peoples of Austria-Hungary that the Allies have left their fate in the hands of the Hapsburgs. The same thing was done with Wilson’s speeches. Any expression favorable to the maintenance of the present Dual Empire was made good use of by the Vienna tricksters, while every attempt was made at the same time to convince the Slavs that the Allied statesmen took no interest in their struggles for liberation.

It would be for the benefit of America and her Allies, and it would be more in harmony with their democratic principles, if they gave up definitely all attempts to gain over the Austrian Emperor and the small coterie around him, and instead of that supported with all means in their power the revolutionary movement of the majority of the Hapsburg subjects.

This work was published before January 1, 1929 and is anonymous or pseudonymous due to unknown authorship. It is in the public domain in the United States as well as countries and areas where the copyright terms of anonymous or pseudonymous works are 95 years or less since publication.

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