Shortage of Butter and Guns
Guns More Important
From Our German Correspondent
"The moment will come when we shall be compelled to ask the world for colonies. We cannot continue for ever to live as we do now. We claim colonies not only in our own interest, at also in the interest of the world. The rest of the world lives in abundance, while we have nothing.
" Everybody must see that we need colonies. Our former colonies have been taken away from us, although the others do not need them and have no use for them."
These sentences are extracts from a speech delivered by the German Minister of Propaganda in Berlin.
In his book My Struggle Hitler showed little sympathy for the colonial movement. He believed that energy and money could be used for better purposes and that overseas enterprises divert the interest of the nation from Germany's mission in central and eastern Europe.
Lion's Force and Serpent's Slyness
Later in his speech Dr. Goebbels said that Germany seeks to achieve its end in foreign policy not only with the force of the lion, but also with the slyness of the serpent.
Obviously referring to Italy, he added: " There are nations which are too imprudent in this respect. The German government, however, is able to estimate exactly the risks connected with a great action. One has only to choose the right moment."
Dr. Goebbels referred to the shortage of butter and other foodstuffs, saying: " We can do without butter, but we cannot do without guns. You cannot shoot with butter."
Eventually the speaker claimed that the German regime constitutes art improved form of democracy.
What Hitler Says Hitler has now for the first time expressed his personal attitude to the colonial question. In a recent interview the chancellor told Madame Titayna, the representative of the Paris-Sol?, that Germany needs colonies. In an address delivered at Munich to a mass meeting of nazi students, Hitler reiterated that Germany must get back her colonies.
In his book My Struggle Hitler severely criticised the pre-war colonial policy of the Kaiser and had expressed his opinion that Germany's energy would have been better used for other purposes.
Referring to the future, Hitler wrote:
" We close the ancient roads of the Germans towards the South and West of Europe and turn our eyes to the East. We are putting a definite stop to the colonia4 and commercial policy of the pre-war era and inaugurating the landpolicy of the future."