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The Only Alternative to War

Excerpt from The Only Alternative to War How can we do away with war, and yet retain the good effects of war upon the race That is the question which is suggesting itself to an increasing number of minds to-day. It might perhaps have been expected that, in full View of the horrors now being enacted in Flanders and Poland, men would have become willing to declare that any kind of life would be war. But nothing Of the sort is happening. The common judgement declares that many things might be worse than war. Not only might treachery and dishonour be worse than war, but mere peace might be worse. Probably states of peace have often been morally worse than the present state Of the world. A society engrossed in a sordid scramble for gold, and suffering the enervation that comes with luxury, is immeasurably lower than a society in arms and because a perception of this is becoming common the cause of peace does not greatly prosper. The ideals of the pacifist do not stir the heart, and even while English homes are one after another plunged in the sorrow Of bereavement the conviction that the soldier's calling is a high one grows among us. It would be hard indeed to prove that the people of Great Britain are less military in spirit than they were a year ago, in spite of all the horrors which war has wrought. The fact is that war beyond all question achieves two good results, one for the individual, and one for the nation, and it seems to many that these good things might be lost in peace. It is therefore an essential preliminary to any hopeful work for peace to recognize honestly the moral value that there is in war. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
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