CHAPTER VII
AMERICA AS ARBITER

IN one of the ablest books that have appeared during the war the English internationalist, Mr. Henry Noel Brailsford, speaks as follows concerning the entrance of the United States into the world conflict: "It may be said that America is no longer the impartial and uncommitted Power, which might, by its balancing weight, render a League of Nations workable during the first difficult years. The loss is only apparent, for the neutrality of America was always differential. On the other hand, though her view on the broad issues of the war is decided and dear, she is not, nor will she become, an interested partisan, enmeshed in the territorial questions and the military issues of the European Balance of Power. Her influence as a moderating force remains uncompromised."1

Since Mr. Brailsford wrote his book, President Wilson has taken several long steps towards acting as moderator or arbitrator between the more advanced claims of our Allies and our enemies. From the beginning America refrained from entering a formal alliance with our co-belligerents. We were

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