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War and peace | The Solicitors’ Journal – August 1, 1914

Europe is once again faced with the actuality of war; a war which may be localized or which may have tremendous consequences, and the outbreak has been too sudden for the moderating influences which might have been brought to bear upon the belligerent countries to have their full effect.

3 August 2016

Unfortunately, modern statesmanship still tolerates war as a permissible means of settling national disputes, and this will continue to be so until public opinion has been educated sufficiently to demand the absolute prohibition of the appeal to force, save by united action against some recalcitrant state.

The leading members of the present British Government have all invited the pressure of opinion in this direction. To quote two recent instances:- "I see no remedy at the moment," said Sir Edward Grey, speaking on the 10th of July on the question of expenditure on armaments, "except a sense that public opinion generally, when things become quite intolerable, will come to the rescue." "Europe," said the Chancellor of the Exchequer, on the 23rd of July, "is spending 350 million a year upon the machinery of slaughter…. It would really make one despair of the common sense of nations to imagine that that state, not of armed peace, ...

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