5. Le transformisme social suppose la guerre éternelle.
Klaus Wagner, Krieg (Guerre) ; cité par Hasse. Deutsche
Politik, t. I, fac. IV, 129-130.
And now one of these Serbs shoots a Hapsburg in an Austrian street, and sends him unshriven to his doom! No, Berchtold is right —and he signs the memorandum written out for him, containing the following words to the Kaiser Wilhelm:
“The assassination of my poor nephew is the direct result of the agitation carried on by the Austrian and Serbian Panslavists, the sole object of which is the weakening of the Triple Alliance and the destruction of my realm. The efforts of my Government must in future be directed towards the isolation and reduction of Serbia. . . . Lasting peace will, however, be ensured only when Serbia is eliminated as a factor of political power in the Balkans. . . . Reconciliation between Serbia and us is no longer to be thought of, and the continuance of the peace policy of all European monarchs is threatened, so long as this hearth fire of criminal agitation at Belgrade is left unquenched.”
Emil Ludwig, JULY ’14