Finally, he said that of course, if war were ultimately
necessary, there would be war. " But I would like to ask when that is attained—by what expenditure of blood and treasure I do not know—how much nearer we shall be to having a contented Ireland ? " Exactly the same doubt must attach to any solution which depends upon bringing North:East
Ulster in against her will, by whatever means her inclusion may -be achieved. Mr. Lloyd George himself recognized that the inclusion of an unwilling Ulster would he no solution at all when he said in the House of Commons on Wednesday, March 7th, 1917: " I say, in all solemnity, that if an attempt were made to force Ulster in, in -a settlement of Ireland, it would be the curse of Ireland." The italics are ours.