The life of any nation which depends on science for its existence is seriously threatened when the national policy of that nation is dominated by politicians who have no knowledge of those sciences. Ultimate German defeat is postponed by permitting the export from Canada and other allied countries of cotton, fats and oils-all of which are essential in the manufacture of ammunition. One-third of German heavy-gun ammunition consists of nitro-glycerine and the only source of glycerine is fats.
It has been known that the food supply of the German people could not be met without imports, yet at the beginning of the war the Allies allowed that government to import vast amounts of valuable protein food stuffs.
The two reasons given to explain this blunder are, first, the natural feeling against starving non-combatants, and, second, sensitiveness to neutral opinion. In the latter the lawyer politicians erred grievously, for this policy has tended to lengthen the war.
It was due to the quick application of science that the Germans, failing in that part of the campaign for which they were prepared, were so successful in the trench warfare which they did not expect . Firm action based on scientific knowledge, rather than fighting, may yet bring about the final decision.
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