decisions; it may be that in view of the divisions of opinion among the leading powers the other members of the community of nations may find it necessary to see wrongdoing prevail for want of means to prevent it. But the principle itself must be maintained intact. The community as a whole must assert its claim to be the judge of disputes and must seek in its collective character the measures for correcting wrongs. It is unfortunate that those who now insist so strenuously upon neutrality should have gone so far at times as to repudiate the principle upon which an adequate organization of the nations must necessarily rest. It will not do to restore the law of 1914 because we have thus far failed to put the new law of nations into effective operation.
The truth is that neutral rights upon the high seas depend upon the ability of the neutral to enforce them. We can scarce forget what happened to Belgium, and the general treatment extended to the small European neutrals by the larger belligerents.
The thesis that we might surrender our neutral rights, at least as far as enforcement is concerned, and limit them to money damages to be sought after the conflict, is a pleasing prospect, doubtless, to the lawyers, who would be retained in those matters, and it is not impossible that the clients might get something.
If public opinion, intent upon the maintenance of peace thru neutrality, were logical and consistent, it would undoubtedly insist upon legislation imposing upon the executive the obligation to refrain from maintaining neutral rights other than by argument and arbitration. I____________________