War Tomorrow; Will We Keep Out?

War Tomorrow; Will We Keep Out?

War Tomorrow; Will We Keep Out?

War Tomorrow; Will We Keep Out?

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Americans don't like war.

It has always been hard for us to understand the quarreling nations of Europe and their complicated political alliances. Our attitude has always been not to try to understand, but to remain aloof. "Let them fight among themselves if they want to," we said. "Their quarrels do not concern us." Besides, we were busy with our own affairs -- developing a continent, cutting down forests, farming our land, building railroads, mining coal and iron and gold, and organizing a great industrial machine. And we had no fears, living in a vast territory, between two oceans, with friendly neighbors to the north and to the south. Until 1914 we thought we had succeeded in following George Washington's advice to avoid any foreign entanglement that might get us into war.

Then the World War came. And one day we woke up to discover that European affairs did concern us very much, that our ships were being sunk, that American lives were being lost, and that we would have to fight to defend our rights, and "to make the world safe for democracy."

When it was all over, we made up our minds that we would not let it happen again. But today, only seventeen years later, there is grave danger of another war. Will we be able to avoid being drawn into it? Merely the desire for peace will not keep us out. We -- you and I -- every individual . . .

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