3 MAY 1940, Page 12

Those Powers who fall within the first category present us

with no moral, legal or practical problem: it is evident that we must respond to their attitude with extreme respect. Those Powers who belong to the second category do not create for us a moral problem, but only a physical problem ; they can be handled as expediency dictates. But those Powers who belong to the third category (namely, the deserving helpless and the benevolently weak) do in fact face us with a dilemma of the first magnitude, since in their case the moral and the practical issues are in conflict.