This is an own-goal : a politician meeting civil servants,doing a lot of talking and as result ..that nothing is done.wm wrote: ↑04 Jan 2022 00:3224 March. Record of the speech of the Minister of Foreign Affairs made during a political briefing at his office on 24 March 1939
MINISTER: The tension of the situation requires an investigation of the whole complex of problems.
The situation is serious and it cannot be ignored. And it is serious because one of the elements hitherto timely for the definition of the state's situation, that is, Germany, has lost its calculability, with which it was endowed even amidst difficult problems.
Therefore a number of new elements have appeared in our politics and a number of new problems in the state. As far as the basic line of action is concerned, a straight and clear line has been established with the top factors in the state. We defined with precision the limits of our direct interests, and beyond this line we conduct a normal policy and undertake action dealing with it as with normal current work.
Below this line comes our Polish non possumus. This is clear: we will fight.
Once the matter is put this way, chaos is overcome by a considerable share of calm, and thinking becomes orderly.
Where is the line? It is our territory, but not only that. The line also involves the non-acceptance by our state, regarding the drastic spot that Danzig has always been, of any unilateral suggestion to be imposed on us. And, regardless of what Danzig is worth as an object (in my opinion it may perhaps be worth quite a lot, but this is of no concern at the moment), under the present circumstances it has become a symbol. This means that, if we join that category of eastern states that allow rules to be dictated to them, then I do not know where the matter will end.
That is why it is wiser to go forward to meet the enemy than to wait for him at home.
Polish Documents on Foreign Policy. 24 October 1938 – 30 September 1939
The situation in March was not worse than in December and there was no crisis in March but only sensational articles in newspapers with as source anti-appeasers in MI 6 and the FO .
If Beck believed what he said, he had several possibilities
1 He could blackmail the Germans saying : we will sign a treaty with Moscow and Soviet forces will be stationed at the border with Germany
2 He could blackmail the Soviets saying : if you do not help us,we will sign a treaty with Germany and the Wehrmacht will be stationed at our border with the USSR
3 He could blackmail the French and British saying : if you do not send the Foreign Legion, the Guards and 5 squadrons of the RAF to Poland and a part of the RN to Danzig, we will
a sign a treaty with the Soviets
or b sign a treaty with Hitler
or c provoke the Germans in Danzig which will result in war which will be very bad for you .
And, what did Beck ? Nothing .He satisfied himself with meaningless British promises that Britain would do nothing to prevent war but would give Poland all possible aid if there was a war ,which meant nothing .And the French promises were at the same level .
Beck said that the situation was serious (which it was not ) and did nothing .Thus,he was convinced that the situation was not serious .
Politicians are talking a lot but do nothing .That's the good thing on democracy .