CHAPTER XV
AT THE PEACE CONERENCE

THE war does not end when the last shot is fired but continues to be fought at the peace table in the same spirit as on the battle-field. Though the tone of the peace conference is different, its spirit is not unlike that of the physical war. There is a clash of interests, a politely embittered conflict. Even the weapons are identical. There is the same cold diplomacy and, although actual violence is barred and the august plenipotentiaries are in no danger of bodily injury, there is the same reliance upon the power of armies and navies to effect a decision as during the actual war.

For those who have the cause of internationalism at heart it is salutary to remember that wars have been won on the battle-field and lost at the peace table. In peace negotiations, as in war, it is the group that is entrenched and prepared that is the more likely to win. Tomorrow the same ambitions, the same points of view, the same inveterate interests that proved obstacles to a democratic settlement during the war will become obstacles to a satisfactory conclusion of the peace negotiations. The same oppositions will arise. Not only will the Central Powers and the Allies be mutually opposed but the na

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