These People Have One God -- Force
And this was Germany! Not the good natured German of the glass of beer and the tasseled pipe...not the sentimentality of the blue flowers and moonlight of the castled Rhine, not the poetry of Goethe and Schiller, not the insipid sweet strains of Mendelssohn nor the profound harmonies of Wagner, nor the philosophy of Immanuel Kant; but this dread thing, this monstrous anachronism, modern science yoked to the chariot of autocracy and driven by the cruel will of the pagan world.
-- Brand Whitlock, "U.S. Minister to Belgium, 1913-1919", in Belgium ( 1919).
Wilson believed that 1917 would prove decisive in ending the Great War. It did, but not in the way he anticipated as the year began. He was convinced that the majority of citizens in the nations at war eagerly desired peace but that their respective governments suppressed such aspirations.1 Wilson determined to make a more explicit appeal in January, even before he received the Allies' reply. Their note of January 10 confirmed his suspicion of the avaricious nature of their war