The Peace Manual; Or, War And Its Remedies

Paperback | January 1, 2012

byGeorge Cone Beckwith

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Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1847. Excerpt: ... triets, which had been in full cultivation before the war; and wolves and other beasts of prey prowled alone over the deserted haunts of men." . War is not an abstraction, but a terrible reality. We must take it as we find it in fact; and, if we would ascertain its real character, we must analyze its moral elements, as the measure of its actual turpitude. We may perhaps theorize war into comparative innocence; but its principles, its practice, and invariable results, will ever give the lie to such theories, and prove the custom a tissue of wickedness and misery. War is purely, intensely selfish. A nation fights, not for the welfare of its enemies, nor for the general good of mankind, but for its own pride, ambition, or other interests. Individuals may be disinterested; but nations have little regard for the brotherhood of their race. They commonly act on the principle of a base, all-engrossing selfishness, and glory in it as the very acme of their aspirations. "A statesman," says Channing, "is expected to take advantage of the weaknesses and wants of other countries. How loose a morality governs the intercourse of states! What falsehoods and intrigues are licensed by diplomacy! What nation regards another with true friendship 1 What nation makes sacrifices to another's good? What nation is as anxious to perform its duties, as to assert its rights? What nation chooses to suffer wrong, rather than to inflict it? What nation lays down the everlast ing law of right, casts itself fearlessly on its principles, and chooses to be poor, or to perish, rather than to do wrong? Can communities so selfish, so unfriendly, so uprincipled, so unjust, be expected to wage righteous wars? Especially if with this selfishness are joined national prejudices, antipathies, and exasperated passions, what el...

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Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1847. Excerpt: ... triets, which had been in full cultivation before the war; and wolves and other beasts of prey prowled alone over the deserted haunts of men." . War is no...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:72 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.15 inPublished:January 1, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217363423

ISBN - 13:9780217363426

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