Selected Articles on War--Cause and Cure

Selected Articles on War--Cause and Cure

Selected Articles on War--Cause and Cure

Selected Articles on War--Cause and Cure

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The "war to end war" left the world a mixed legacy. On the one hand the lack of attainment of definite security among the nations led the imaginations of men to speculate upon a possible next war, having destructiveness beyond any known before. On the other hand a veritable multitude of plans for enduring peace emerged, and some definitely constructive steps have been attained attesting to the growing desire in men's hearts.

There are still those who feel that war must continue to exist in a civilization of men and women; but there are an ever-growing number who feel that while war may be a still possible and necessary evil on extreme occasions, the only justification of civilization is to plan constructively that it shall cease.

The idealism with which we rose to the exigencies of the late war inspired attainments that would have seemed impossible in less united times. Idealism will attain much but will not alone end wars; there must be practical building from the bedrock of foundations. The various plans taking shape in the minds and activities of men are efforts to link up all the relations and contacts of international life on the basis of harmony and continued peace. As units standing alone they may be only relatively effective, but coalescing into a common plan they may unite the whole fabric of nations into an enduring relation.

Out of the will and activity for peace some outstanding official attainments have been made since the World War. The League of Nations is by far the most monumental of these, and probably of next importance has been the World Court, or Permanent Court of Interna-

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