THE PROBLEM OF DISARMAMENT
BY TASKER HOWARD BLISS
The problem of the limitation of armaments differs, in one important aspect, from all the other important problems of the Paris peace conference. Those other problems, however much they affected for good or ill the relations of the world at large, primarily, and many of them mainly if not entirely, concerned the nations that were then making peace. They were created by the war itself, or were those for the solution of which the war was fought. And the general line of their solution was a foregone conclusion the moment it became evident with which side victory would rest. The factors were known; the case could be concretely expressed; waiving differences of opinion as to the relative value of these factors, some sort of a solution could be arrived at without great difficulty. And a discussion of them is, largely, a historical statement of these factors, the various opinions expressed as to their value, and the conclusions reached.
But the problem of the limitation of armaments differs from all these. It did not grow out of the World War, but long antedated it. That war accentuated it but did not create it. Its factors are vague and complex, growing from the very roots of national policies and intertwined in the growth of these policies. The failure to solve it made such a war as the recent one possible, and directly brought it on. This all-important one is still unsolved, and until it is solved other such wars are as certain to