Obstacles to Peace

Obstacles to Peace

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Obstacles to Peace

Obstacles to Peace

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The obstacles to peace are of two kinds: first, the questions involved in this war, which are territory, access to the sea, and national security; secondly, the states of mind of the peoples at war.

The world of to-day is small in relation to populations compared with past eras. The matters at issue are of crucial and capital importance. I have outlined these issues. It would be difficult to settle them if the nations at interest were friendly and filled with mutual trust and confidence. The reverse is the case, and I have tried to describe the extraordinary hatreds, contempts, and horrors that divide the warring nations; so I have given much space to the records of alleged atrocities. The most important single fact in Europe to-day is the feeling caused by belief in these records. This feeling constitutes the greatest single obstacle to an early peace.

I have tried to make a picture of the actualities. I have used documents lavishly. I preferred to give the actual documents rather than a summarization in my own words. Not all the material I have quoted is of equal value. The views of publicists and historians are valuable principally in giving the atmosphere of thought and the public opinion of a country.

All the authoritative documents, all the details of atrocities are believed absolutely by the peoples of one or the other set of belligerent nations.

I have quoted at length from Baron Beyens' book . . .

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