18 JULY 1931, Page 25

" What Do You Know About That ? "

HERE is a specimen of General Ludendorff's reasoning : " On the one hand we have the inner Jewish Circle and its vassals the Grand Orient of France, France and her allies with their slogans of the second International ' Democracy' and ' Socialism.' On the other we find the General of the Jesuits and the Pope, the Christian Churches, that of Rome more especially, which are so intimately associated with Judaism and fascistic Italy, the protector of the Jews. Lastly we have the atheistical Bolshevism of Russia and the judaized third International."

The only conceivable comment which one can make, when one has recovered one's wits, seems to be the American slang expression, " What do you know about that ? " In truth, this little book is one of the most astonishing pieces of stark, raving madness which has ever come our way, and it is really terrifying to recollect that its author once

held perhaps the most powerful instrument of force which the world has ever seen under his supreme command. His present book reads as though poor Mr. G. K. Chesterton

had become insane and attempted to write backwards a sequel to The Man who is Thursday about international

affairs. For example, the three mystical protagonists which haunt the dark recesses of General Ludendorff s mind, to wit, the Grand Orient Lodge of French Freemasonry (which is itself, we gather, but the tool of the executive of the " inner Jewish Circle "), the General of the Jesuits and the Pope, and, thirdly, the Third International, are at one and the same time deadly opponents of each other, and yet in close and active alliance against, we presume, General Ludendorff, himself, and all other persons of good will. For example, we are told, " each of these systems includes representatives of the opposing parties—a factor the effect of which varies considerably in each individual case."

This astonishing book would, frankly, not be worth looking

at but for the position which General Ludendorff has held and for certain of the military chapters in the middle

of the book which may contain scattered military information of value. Naturally, some of the forces which General

Ludendorff calls " super-national," for instance, the Roman Catholic Church and Communism, are real and genuine forces, and therefore some of the things which he says about them are undeniably true. Indeed, peeping occasionally

through the madhouse turmoil of his mind, there appear allusions to the real situation of Europe to-day, which in all conscience is sufficiently confused and sufficiently tragic ; but they are but glimpses, and in a moment we are back into talk of " inner Jewish circles " and " Scottish Freemasons" dominating the United States Government, &c., &c., &c. We can only repeat, " What do you know about that ? "