Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.
Neville Chamberlain (18691940)
How horrible, fantastic, incredible it is that we should be digging trenches and trying on gas masks here because of a quarrel in a far-away country between people of whom we know nothing. It seems still more impossible that a quarrel which has already been settled in principle should be the subject of war.
NEVILLE CHAMBERLAIN, national broadcast, London, September 27, 1938.Chamberlain, In Search of Peace, p. 174 (1939). He was prime minister at the time.