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The Ottomans in Europe

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Pages: 152

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Publisher: Date:8/4/2009 - General Books LLC

By: John Mill

Excerpt from book: CHAPTER IV. ENGLAND AND THE EASTERN QUESTION. The Eastern Question is to us " the burning question " of the day, and is likely to be so for many days to come. It is at present a little obscured by the smoke arising from the Bulgarian atrocities and the dust which Mr. Gladstone and his friends have raised. That, however, will soon clear away. After strict investigation the real truth will be ascertained : the guilty, if possible, punished: the wronged, so far as it can be done, compensated. There will be a blush for our common humanity that such things could be, a tear for the victims, and then the whole matter must be left to Him who hath numbered the hairs of every head, and never lets a sparrow fall unnoticed. " Think you that the Heaven and the Earth were created in jest?" says the Koran. Nay, all these deeds will be weighed in the Eternal Balances, and woe unto him whose scale is laden with guilt. The Eastern Question, then, has become anEnglish Question—we might almost say a party- question : but that, we hope, will not long continue. It has been brought to the hustings and ballot-box once already, and been rightfully decided. Let us hope it was for the first and last time. Mr. Gladstone. as is usual with him, sees three courses. If the right honourable gentleman could only see a fourth—and that is to forget the wrongs, whatever they may be, which caiised him, like Achilles, to retire to his tent, and above all to remember that this great empire was not created specially for party politicians—there might be some hope for him. But we shall discuss this matter when speaking of its solution, and hence proceed to define the Eastern Question as seen from an English point of view. It will be seen by a reference to that singular document, the will of Peter the Great...  


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