14 AUGUST 1880, Page 1

On the question of the dispute as to the boundary

of Greece, the attitude of Turkey is even more dubious. That the con- cession made to Montenegro at the Congress of Berlin was absolutely made, even Turkey does not dispute ; but Turkey was no consenting party to the recommendations as to Greece, and therefore the Turks still hope that, by keeping their word as to Montenegro, if they decide to do so, they may yet stave off for a considerable time submission to the award of Europe on behalf of Greece. We do not doubt, indeed, that in relation to the con- cession to Greece, the sultan will only yield to absolute force, either actually applied, or at least threatened in a final ultimatum. Hobart Pasha, Lord Stanley of Alderley, and others, have been engaged this week in violent efforts to avert such a display of force, insisting much on the injustice of requiring Turkey to give away territory without having it wrested from her in battle. All this nonsense about injustice, however, proceeds on the radi- cally false assumption that there is any analogy at all between the rights of private property and the right to plunder and misgovern, age after age, a certain fraction of the human race. We hope, and are inclined from one or two items of news to believe, that the threat of force agreed upon in case of Turkey's failure to satisfy the rights of Montenegro, will also be peremp- torily employed by Europe on behalf of Greece.