World Peace Foundation Pamphlet Series Volume 2

World Peace Foundation Pamphlet Series Volume 2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1912 edition. Excerpt: supposed to secure for the states of the South American continent conditions which may in a sense be called those of neutralization. But, besides the fact that the intrusion of the United States into the Easter n hemisphere has, in the view of many, undermined the foundations of the doctrine, no assertion of such guaranty as the Monroe Doctrine is supposed to furnish should be made by any single state. This guaranty by a single state cannot be viewed as a world-peace measure. In fact, it may easily be provocative of war. The great rival powers, each maintaining that it alone is the true arbiter of peace and that its sovereign will should be the supreme arbiter in cases of territorial differences and dispute, are competing to lead in military and especially in naval strength. The United States, it is now claimed, has not only to maintain a navy sufficient to defend its possessions in the other hemisphere, but has to guard against aggressions upon its own home territory and upon the whole South American continent. But, with neutralized territory no longer a cause of difference or dispute, the naval forces would be released or could be converted to police duty. In the ideal conditions of international law and practice a small "union navy" of this sort would be the substitute for the futile and wasteful expenditures of our menacing naval annaments. It is possible, of course, that a neutralized nation might fail to develop any kind of orderly government for a long time, that there might be violence and bloodshed, and that the government established more or less permanently might be an oligarchy or a despotism. The free will of nations is as respectable as the free will of individuals. We do not attempt to restrain the liberty of...
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  • Paperback | 112 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 213g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236786904
  • 9781236786906