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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 1938. THE DA11/Y COORIJSK. CONNISJjLSVILdL.B, FA. PAGE ELKVEN Editor's notu:--Webb Miller. European news manager of the United Prow, says In dispatches on the momentous events In Central Europe that Czechoslovakia Is Adoll Hitler's next objective, and de- ccrlbcs the mcthotH Hitler probably Mill use In his penetration ol that little nation. Miller began his arllclei, niter hearing Hitler's speech to the ralehstag. By WEBB MILLER . United Press Stall Correspondent. Copyright, 1938, by United Press. BERLIN, Feb. 23.--The next ob- thc bonds oÂ£ the little entente-Czechoslovakia, Roumania and Jugo- slavia--and thereby further weaken French influence in the Balkans, so much the better. The little entente is the device France worked out after the World War to circle Germany with steel. The years have broken and weakened that circle, and the outstanding factor in the present diplomatic situation is that Gcr- play" diplomacy is Czechoslovakia, j an island ot democracy in a sea oÂ£' reverence. A third of the 30,000,000 Germans whom the fuehrer is striving to bring within the Na!i orbit live in Czechoslovakia, a nation that is a hodge-podge of races and sprawls across the map of middle Europe like a bridge between the Germanic and Slavic worlds. Any day now Hitler is expected to make the first move. One of his aims is to detach Czechoslovakia from its alliance with Soviet Hussia. This pact is one of his chief concerns, for he believes that CzcchoslovaMa, nudging as it does against the German border, is in reality a dagger against the heart of the Reich. If at the same time he can loosen How will he go about his attempt to smash the cncleV Probably through the same technique he used in his coup in Austria--a threat of force and then, possibly, Nnzificalion of the government. Hitler is 'aware that France has made six solemn reafllrmations on the necessity of maintaining Austrian independence. Yet, when the hour of decision arrived last week, France stood by while Hitler penetrated Austria. That penetration, will continue, for it is significant that the fuehrer's Reichstag speech on Sunday was barren of any pledge of Austrian independence. His move against Czechoslovakia will not lack moral support and it may win active aid from both Poland and Hungary. Both nations have a stake in Czechoslovakia. The men at Versailles who erased the boundaries of middle Europe and drew new ones ] dictated that Czechoslovakia should be a nation of at least six tongues and five races. There are 80,000 poles in Czechoslovakia and 690,000 Hungai ians. Despite this jig-saw ot races, the Czechs gloried in the establishment of autonomy and Woodrow Wilson, who helped them attain it, is almost a patron saint to them. There lias been a long and wordy war against Czechoslovakia in the Polish and Hungarian press. Both borders are uneasy. Endless diplomatic exchanges occur over the allegation that Czechoslovakia discriminates against those oÂ£ Polish and Hungarian blood. That is why Hitler went out of his way in the Reichstag speech to make a special gesture of friendship toward Poland and to refer to Germany's amicable relations with Hungary, Bulgaria and Jugoslavia. , If Hitler's penetration of Czechoslovakia sounds fantastic, to American readers they have but to recall statements that Hitler made in 1920 when he was an obscure head of a political party instead of the dominant ruler of Europe. At that time he listed a 20-point program--a sort oÂ£ political platform it \vould be called in the United States--and promised to put it into effect the moment he won his way to power. He hod to wait 13 years, but in the five years after he has made good, in whole or in part, on 17 of those 20 points. The start of his absorption of Austria and his announcement of a protectorate living in Czecho Hitler in Munich over the Germans ilovakia is part of that program I recall an inljerview I had with a year before he got into power. At that time he listed 14 points that he Intended to enforce. A that time few believed he ever would rule Germany much less put into effect a program that seemed to me to be unattainable. Today 12 of those points arc in force, and during the interview none of them seemed to me to be more visionary than his ambition to dominate millions of Germans living in other countries. Observers here believe 'Hitler had worked out a definite schedule for the Austrian coup and had been planning to execute it in March. But after the army "purge" and the. shake-up in the Reich diplomatic corps he decided to proceed immediately. He probably thought the coup would be a useful smoke screen for his "purRO" and would distract domestic and world attention from what he was doing to the high command of the army. His strategy apparently succeeded. The part of it which is still obscure is what Premier Mussolini got in ex- change for keeping out of the Austrian affair and for maintaining silence on Hitler's demands for domination of German residents on alien soil. The most frequent guess--and it is nothing more than u guess--is that Hitler promised to supply whatever military aid is needed to assure the victory of Generalissimo Francisco Franco in Spain. ' Mussolini is now so deeply committed in Spain that he cannot permit a loyalist victory. Hitler's Reichstag f " speech" might be interpreted as giving weight, to that theory because the fuehrer clearly indicated Ke would" regard Franco's defeat as a Bolshevist victory and th'us intolerable to Nazis. He has taken n long" stride toward fulfillment of his ambition to create a "greater Germany" by beginning a virtual political assimilation of Austria. He has brought about a "bloodless purge" of the army command without shaking Nazi Influence among the men who flght the battles--the common soldiers. -Fiold-Marshal Werner von Blomberg, 59-year-old leader of the country's fighting forces, married a girl hall his age. Her obscure social background made her objectionable to many of the same officers whom Hitler had restored to service. It is a tradition that German officers must obtain the consent ot their superiors before marrying and that consent is not forthcoming unless the social background of the fiancee is acceptable. Blomberg did more than give brazen affront to that tradition. He compounded his.oftonse against army caste by persuading Hitler to bo a witness at the wedding without explaining the social background of the bride. The reaction of the army "caste" w.is swift and direct. Colonel- General" Werner von Fritsch, then army commander in chief, protested to Hitler in behalf of his fellow officers. f Chagrined and angry at having been duped. Hitler "accepted" the icsignations of both Blomberg and 1'rittch. Thus the Fuehrer seized upon such a trivial thing 'as a marriage to do what staunch Nazis had been asking him to do. Like the marriage of the Duke oÂ£ Windsor, Blomberg's wedding merely was a spark that started the fire on fuel accumulating for months. The shake-up in the diplomatic corps was designed to soften the blow for the army and possibly to obscure the main issues involved. However, it did bring Joachim von Ribbcntrop, an ardent Nazi, into the post of foreign minister. Hitler further softened the blow for the rank and flic of the army by making himself supreme commander of the armed forces, confident that his personal prestige would absorb most of Ihe criticism. -Every indication is that Hitler's strategy has been successful and In accordance with the Nazi ideology, that all power should be concentrated in "his hands. I believe that the Nazis now gradually will "unify" the higher army officers with the party regime and that there will be little opposition among the officers. Some observers believe this process will take more than a year, during which the officers who persist in disapproval, gradually will be eliminated. ^IN TIMES UKETHISE |^ Do you hasitafo to c;ot 4 Ip* loan? Jus! como ID and tell ^ * u* how you vrlll repay us !, in small, regular Inilalmonti f^ . . . ill* roÂ«t it clmplo at * ' Personal Finance Co. No |^ ondoraeri. .Com* In NOW I y LOANSup 10 JIOO--XLL PLANS k - 37B.O///C.... ... 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