Modernizing the Monroe Doctrine

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CHAPTER XI
A PAN-AMERICAN TRIANGLE FOR PEACE ITS EASTERLY SIDE: A COMPLETED MONROE DOCTRINE TO PREVENT FRICTION WITH EUROPE

IN the life of a nation, just as in that of an individual, there may come an opportunity so obviously one for useful service as to make of the opportunity a pressing duty. I believe that such an opportunity is now ours by reason of Europe's wish for vast credits and loans from our country. I believe that because of this unprecedented state of international affairs, we can now perform such a service for Pan-Americanism as has never been possible since Monroe pronounced his famous warning to Europe, and which may never be possible again. Let us give a glance backward before looking forward, and consider for a moment the condition in which Pan-Americanism finds itself today, and the path by which it has advanced. For us of the most northerly republic, Pan-Americanism has always been linked with the Monroe Doctrine, which Doctrine is not only an important international fact, but also one founded upon a great principle. If it were not, it could never so completely have won the heart of our people as to make it one of the landmarks of our foreign policy. No nation's history re

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