WAS THE A.B.C. MEDIATION A SUCCESS?
AT such a crisis in the world's history as that through which we have been passing, there arose a crying need for some practical plan to further the somewhat disheartened crusade for international peace. But it must be practical, demonstrably and convincingly practical, because a general impression has got abroad that our peace societies are impractical -- probably because their efforts have been handicapped by certain impractical folk whose stock in trade is talk and whose motives are tainted by a fondness for seeing their names in print. Besides, notwithstanding their efforts, wars have increased in frequency rather than disappeared.
A peace plan of just such practical nature has been both initiated and matured on our side of the ocean, a plan that did succeed in averting a war, whilst in the Old World a whole continent is plunged into a dreadful maelstrom of armed strife from which it will take years to recover. This plan we have seen took shape in what is generally known as the A.B.C. mediation. Its great value is even yet not fully appreciated. Those living at the time of some great international change are generally unable to sense its importance