History Club Hears
Dr. Herbert Morais
On Italian Crisis
War Was Imperative Because of
Political and Imperialist
Conditions, He Claims
embarked on the Ethiopian adventure to wage a short, victorious war
which will enhance Italy's prestige and divert the attention of the
Italian from the growing economic crisis," declared Dr Herbert Morais
of the History Department to the History chub, Wednesday.
He explained that
although patriotic fervour had made this war possible, imperialist and
political conditions had made it imperative.
"It costs Italy
about two million dollars a day to run the war;" said the speaker,
discussing Italy's chances of victory. "Italy has only enough money to
light one or two years, while military experts estimate that the war
will last from two to four years.
of the war, Dr. Morais quoted statistics showing that under fascism
wages have been reduced forty per cent. and taxes increased twofold,
spreading discontent among every class in Italy.
working overtime against Italy," he added, citing transportation and
climatic conditions in Ethiopia as disadvantages to Italian advance.
Dr. Morais pointed
out that the longer the war continues, the harder, the further inland;
the more difficult will he the line of communication.
"Italy says she
wishes to erase a blot from the League of Nations--the prevalence of
slavery. But cynics remark that in freeing the slaves, Mussolini will
incidentally enslave the Ethiopians," he concluded.
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