SPOILING THE ENEMY
SINCE the imperialism of the Allies in the present war is less sweeping and drastic than that of Germany, we are sometimes urged to close an eye or turn our back. When we are trying to capture an armed burglar we do not inquire too curiously into the question whether a few of the posse comitatus are modest confidence men. There is a sense of proportion in these things, and there are diplomatic convenances.
Even were our co-belligerents twice as imperialistic as they are, we should still be compelled to make common cause with them against the still more menacing German aggression. Our secure loyalty to our Allies is not in question. But to make common cause, to maintain a real concert of action, requires harmony in ideals and unity of aims. It is for this reason that we are forced to review the instincts, motives and demands that lie behind the armies of our Allies. When we are united we shall have a chance to win the war. Until then we shall drag along, working at cross-purposes.
The truth must be faced. The efforts of the Allies to gain a victory for democracy and internationalism have everywhere been impeded by their own na-