The Dame School of Experience, and Other Papers by Samuel Mcchord Crothers

The Dame School of Experience, and Other Papers

bySamuel Mcchord Crothers

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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. 1920. Excerpt: ... THE UNPREPAREDNESS OF LIBERALISM "the objection to their present method of attack against the trade of their enemies lies in the practical impossibility of employing submarines in the destruction of commerce without disregarding those rules of fairness, reason, justice, and humanity which all modern opinion regards as imperative." If I were asked to give in a single sentence the creed of modern liberalism I would turn to these words of President Wilson in his note of May 13, 1915, to the German Government. It is at once an affirmation of a faith commonly believed and a practical application of that faith to a concrete situation. The belief was this. Humanity has with infinite pains learned certain lessons, which are in these times embodied in certain rules of fairness, reason, and justice. These are recognized as being for the good of all, and universally applicable. Modern opinion regards these rules as imperative. Any person or nation wantonly defying these rules becomes an enemy of mankind. One of these rules is that even in time of war the peaceful traders upon the sea have a right to due warning before their ship is destroyed. To this general statement the German Government had already given a conditional assent. The rights of traders it had said would be respected so far as it was consistent with the conditions of modern warfare upon the seas. In its note of February 4 it had declared "all merchant vessels encountered in these waters will be destroyed even if it may not be possible always to save their crews and passengers." Under the old methods of warfare it was possible to discriminate between enemy and neutral vessels. But Germany had a newly invented instrument of destruction. The whole advantage of the submarine consisted in the fact that it c...

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Title:The Dame School of Experience, and Other PapersFormat:PaperbackDimensions:50 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.1 inPublished:February 1, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217753841

ISBN - 13:9780217753845

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