Hilaire Belloc bought King's Land (in Shipley, Sussex), 5 acres and a working windmill for £1000 in 1907 and it was his home for the rest of his life. Belloc loved Sussex as few other writers have loved her: he lived there for most of his 83 years, he tramped the length and breadth of the county, slept under her hedgerows, drank in her inns, sailed her coast and her rivers and wrote several incomparable books about her. "He does not die that can bequeath Some influence to the land he knows, Or dares, persistent, interwreath Love permanent with the wild hedgerows; He does not die, but still remains Substantiate with his darling plains."

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Monday, 21 April 2014

''Hilaire Belloc Says Palestine May See New War'' - Jewish Telegraphic Agency (February 9, 1936).

Syria end Palestine, theatre of conflict between the East and the West for 3,000 years, may yet be the stage for another great religious war, declares Hilaire Belloc, noted English Catholic writer, in his new book, “The Battle Ground”, which has just been published here.

Declaring that Syria and Palestine are essentially one and that the political division of the land “contradicts the nature of things; therefore presumably, it cannot endure,” Belloc states that another reason why Western powers will not be able to maintain themselves on the bridge between Europe and Asia is that “the two masters to whom Syria was artificially given, the French and the English, are hostile rivals–potential enemies.”

The two powers, he declares, “have behind them no strength of religion. Their motive has been and remains in part the old modern exaggeration of nationalism, much more greed–the opportunity for economic advantage, particularly in oil, that dominating modern necessity which frames and underlines half our policy; oil, without which men cannot fly or maintain navies or travel by road.”

He continues; “Western rule, atrophied of religion, has to maintain itself in the face of hostile millions who, on their side, have not lost the religion which made them and by which they live. The French and English officials, the armed forces which obey them (and these are not numerous) stand isolated in the midst of a sea of Island all around.

“That same force which destroyed the Crusades is present in Syria today, and it is as active as ever. It is disarmed, or partly disarmed on the material side; but spiritually it is sufficiently armed. Whether Islam throughout the Eastern world, from the Atlantic to the Ganges, will recover material equality with us of the West we cannot tell; but there is no rational basis for denying the possibility of that resurrection. The Moslems contemporary with Richelieu and Cromwell were better armed than the French or English of their day. It may be questioned now whether Europe will now long maintain that modern supremacy over the Moslems which we have so long taken for granted.

“Moreover, in the face of the Moslems in the Near East, in Syria, the two Western Powers are divided one against the other, and even so the advantages of each are enviously watched by other powers of Europe, who will not admit the lion’s share to fall unchallenged to those who they regard as equals or inferiors.”

February 9, 1936

Jewish Telegraphic Agency

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