WORLD WAR II
"Westward look, the land is bright!"
AT the opening of the first volume of his History of the Second World War Mr. Winston Churchill placed these words: "How the English-speaking peoples, through their unwisdom, carelessness and good nature, allowed the wicked to rearm."
After briefly recounting this story in the case of the United States, it must now be taken up even more briefly in relation to Great Britain: for in this case the consequences of the "unwisdom, carelessness and good nature" have been more lasting and have an important bearing on her present condition in the world and on her place in the United Nations.
Like other nations, Great Britain made many mistakes in her foreign policy in the interwar period and future British historians may be trusted not to gloss them over. What can be said in fairness is that, broadly speaking, they were not due to love of power or any other form of national selfishness on the part of the British people but simply to bad judgment resulting from congenital