The Great Decision

The Great Decision

The Great Decision

The Great Decision

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The argument of this book is that our victory over the Axis powers can be made a victory over war itself, if we bring to the support of peace the same kind of realistic strategy which we devote to war. We have now to decide whether this will be done or whether as an inescapable alternative we must prepare for a possible third world war. It is a hard choice and one for which we are not ready. But there is no escape from it. Science has seen to that. This newest thing in human history has already changed the arts of peace and now is revolutionizing the technique of war. The transformation thus begun is not a mere interlude in the history of mankind but, on the contrary, will go on with increasing power throughout all the future. Its bearing upon the theme of this study is fundamental. From now on all war will be total war and therefore the preparation to meet it will also have to be total. This means that so long as the war system lasts it will not only denature the economic life of nations but will endanger all the freedoms within them. Isolation can no longer provide the safety of the past. No single nation can adequately protect itself against a force which is bound more and more to conquer nature and thus change the whole basis of national security. To live well and prosperously in a world under the constant threat of war waged under these conditions is simply impossible. But on the other hand, the organization of peace is the most difficult task that has ever been envisaged by human intelligence.

The pages which follow deal with this problem. The solution which is proposed is one which already rests upon the experience of history. It is not offered in the spirit of dogmatic insistence that it is the one and only solution; but it does reject as unrealistic both the do-nothing policies and half-measures of the past and . . .

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