University Debaters' Annual Volume 4

University Debaters' Annual Volume 4

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1918 edition. Excerpt: ...out of power in England today. Aristide Briand in France said that such a League would have his sympathy. He said sympathy, not support. But Briand is overthrown, and out of power in France today. The Russian statesmen who declared that they believed in some sort of peace organization are being tried for their lives today. Nowhere in all Europe has any group of people voiced any expression of approval of such a League by so much as a con gress or a convention of unofficial delegates. In all Europe today there is no statesman who remains in power in any government who ever so much as mentioned a League to Enforce Peace--except one. That one is von Bethmann-Hollweg, the Chancellor of the most autocratic power in Europe. This is what he said about the League: "Germany would be willing and eager to become a member of any sort of organization to suppress disturbers of the peace." By "disturbers of the peace" I believe he meant the Allies. Now the Gentlemen are proposing that this council of theirs, in which the basis of representation and the rules for voting are as yet unknown, shall codify international law for the interests of the United States, and establish freedom of the seas, and other things that we have always stood for. But they forget that after this war the alliance which wins this war will control the League, and the council. And that alliance will codify international law according to its own interests. If the Germanic Allies are the dominating powers in the council, it will be perfectly possible for Germany to make unrestricted submarine warfare legal. And if the Entente is in control, then Great Britain can go on confiscating our mails in time of war; and it will be perfectly legal, for Great Britain will be codifying our international...show more

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  • Paperback | 94 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 181g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236679261
  • 9781236679260