The Occupation

by zunguzungu

“The —– policy of the government had now become thoroughly unpopular, and those of us who, although we had favoured intervention as necessary at the time, had deplored alike the engagements of our predecessors which had made it necessary, and the occupation which unnecessarily in my opinion, followed it, were as unpopular as those like —–, and the majority of the peers in the —–, who had insisted not only on going, but on staying – at least in —–.”

 “I am among those who now look back with sincere regret, after experience of its consequences, to our original interference in —–; and I am most anxiously desirous of finding the best possible way out of it. But I think the honour and the interest of this country…must forbid our leaving —– with ignominy and humiliation, or abandoning…the —– people to mere anarchy, until they fall into the hands of —–.

“The theory on which we originally undertook the management of —– was that after the overthrow of —– we should be able to set —– on its own legs within a comparatively brief period and, having constructed an adequate native government, leave the country to administer itself…This theory, however plausible it may have been, has completely broken down…If, then, we are to remain in —– we must contribute to her finance, we must find her troops…In short, the administration of —– must be in substance maintained at the cost of the —– taxpayer. There is no longer any probability that if we enter on this task we can escape from it in any calculable period. Our presence will be as indispensable in the future as today.”  

Can you guess where and when?