Sons, friends -- the sweetest names of the human language, which express the best and purest that has been given us in this world -- behold the stakes of the criminal game to which we are being dragged by madmen whom we did not know how to strangle when there was still time.
After a respite of fifteen years, we are once more on the verge of war -- undoubtedly the worst and most bitter in the history of men. Perhaps for the last time, our turn has come again to drink this chalice which peoples have been passing from hand to hand since the time men first came upon the earth and began slaughtering one another.
Our leaders appear to have done all that is humanly possible to push this bitter cup far from us . . .
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