The problem of peace will bristle with difficulties which are not yet apparent to everybody; but one need only consider the hypothesis most favourable to the Allies in order to make the fact plain. Let us suppose that the mysterious decrees of the divinities to whom devout men pray enable us to advance a hundred miles every month instead of a hundred yards; let us also grant that the two or three million Germans who now stand between Berlin and Paris are wiped out, and that we have reached the capital of Germany and can dictate our laws there. Would all difficulties be removed? By no means.