Visit, Search, and Seizure on the High Seas: A Proposed Convention of International Law on the Regulation of This Belligerent Right

Visit, Search, and Seizure on the High Seas: A Proposed Convention of International Law on the Regulation of This Belligerent Right

Visit, Search, and Seizure on the High Seas: A Proposed Convention of International Law on the Regulation of This Belligerent Right

Visit, Search, and Seizure on the High Seas: A Proposed Convention of International Law on the Regulation of This Belligerent Right

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Today is the tomorrow of yesterday and tomorrow's yesterday. It is the product of a sequence and the sequence of a product. It is an integral part of the stuff of which this world is made, and advances and retards in its life as the tide changes. This tide's flux is the product of the intensity of the listening ear to the temper of the demands of peoples and nations concerning their yesterdays, their today, and their tomorrows. Today, the yesterdays have voiced a demand which today cannot ignore. Less than twenty years ago, today witnessed the termination of one of the most havoc-creating, destructive conflicts since the beginning of the civilized world, a conflict characterized by confusion among nations as to what constituted the rules of war and neutrality and as to the nature and extent of obligation and privilege inherent in belligerent and in neutral status. The great, significant, and far-reaching events occurring since that war have continually shocked the world into an almost hysterical and much confused state of mind. And today, today is on the witness stand testifying to domestic and international crises affecting neutrality policies of almost every nation in the world, especially the maritime nations, and threatening to undermine progress toward domestic and international peace. Small wonder that today's living demand with greater fervor than probably ever before that the war dead let live the living, "that these dead shall not have died in vain."

Within this atmosphere, those who seek to strengthen the bonds of international "peace and good-will to men" have . . .

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