The last and supreme lie in Bethmann-Hollweg's speech is the most insidious of all.
There are even Britons who have got stuck in Bethmann-Hollweg's peace-lime.
Bethmann-Hollweg comes from an old Prussian family ennobled in 1840.
And now the silver-tongued von Bethmann-Hollweg has also discovered the political virtue of silence.
"That relieves us of much anxiety," remarked Bethmann-Hollweg, chewing the end of his cigar.
A few other points in Bethmann-Hollweg's speech deserve brief notice.
The effect which Bethmann-Hollweg produced upon his hearers was to convince them that Russia alone was to blame.
Bethmann-Hollweg, for instance, saw that the time was come when Prussia would have to adopt more liberal institutions.