The Neutrality Policy of the United States

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a foreign army. There are also other amendments to the present neutrality law which appear to be of major importance.
DRAGGING AMERICA INTO WAR6
By saddling the League of Nations with the sanctions of Article 10 and 16 of the Covenant the greatest disservice is done to the League, which has many useful functions to perform, and to the cause of peace itself. The various results of this may be set out as follows:
1. A refusal to consider seriously the necessity of reconciliation as the indispensable foundation to peace, for when united force will sustain the status quo, amicable relations seem less important; we have had a specious truce, but no peace.
2. The mind of the world has remained fixed on force and war, for sanctions among the nations still relatively independent do not awaken pacific reflections.
3. There has been a huge growth of armaments, for, as Stanley Baldwin said on May 18, "there is no such thing as a workable sanction which does not mean war. If we adopt sanctions we must prepare for war."
4. Altho it sounds simple to pick an "aggressor," this is a matter on which historical opinions after years of research frequently disagree, let alone governments and peoples, moved by the excitement and self-interest of the moment when required to make an immediate decision. The very fear that united force may operate against a single nation will afford a powerful incentive against any disarmament, for every country will feel itself obliged to prepare to meet the simultaneous opposition of many nations. It will be a new incentive to alliances. No nation can tell when its political position will arouse enmities which expose it to denunciation as
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From article by Edwin M. Borchard, Professor of International Law, Yale Law School. Current History. 40:392-401. July, 1935.

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The Neutrality Policy of the United States
Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page 1
  • Introduction 3
  • Contents 5
  • Summary of the Arguments 9
  • Bibliography 39
  • Definitions 71
  • General Discussion 77
  • Historical Development of the Law Of Neutrality 77
  • Legal Position of Neutrality 82
  • Neutrality and War Prevention 85
  • Position of American Neutrality During the World War 89
  • Covenant of the League of Nations And Neutrality 94
  • Neutrality Policy of August 1935 104
  • American Policy 105
  • New Proposals 109
  • Price of Neutrality 118
  • Brief Excerpts 126
  • Affirmative Discussion 145
  • Neutral Policy for America 145
  • Mandatory Neutrality 152
  • Contraband and Neutral Trade 156
  • Future of Neutrality 162
  • Safeguards to Neutrality 167
  • Dragging America into War 174
  • American Neutrality 178
  • Propaganda Balance Sheet 180
  • Brief Excerpts 182
  • Negative Discussion 205
  • Cost of Peace 205
  • World Chaos Once More 213
  • Neutrality and International Organization 219
  • Is Neutrality Consistent With International Cooperation? 226
  • Neutrality and Neutral Rights Following the Pact Of Paris 231
  • Neutrality and War Prevention 238
  • Our Foreign Policy with Respect To Neutrality 241
  • Economics of Neutrality 243
  • Brief Excerpts 245
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