The Akaroa Mail. TUESDAY, JULY 6, 1915. AMERICA AND THE WAR.
T c sinking of the Armenian and the loss of a number of American lives will cause more diplomatic intercourse between America and Germany. That the result of the parleying will end in a truce seems absolutely cortsio. Tbe German-Americans comprise a large section of the nation, and they hold great financial interests in America. It is said that tbe wifo cf President Wilson in a German by birth, and that may account for hi? deoidedly lenient view o£ German/a aofcioDS throughout tbe war. Mr Rooseveiat, in his work " W by America uhould join the Allies," shows clearly how he and a large s?-c<.ion of thp ooantry feel. Tbe atgutneots uaed by Mr Eoosevelat are unaptailnble. TTr pointe out how Americi was ujohi prpmiaent in the Hagu« Conferences, tnd says that bo was it»?trncted to Bign the Peace Gonferouce conditious? on bebalf of America. He goes on to say that it is tacitly imddi-etood ih;n When a country deliberately breaks' a treaty como to by a group of natioce, every other individual nation should consider this an act of war. Hie book i 3 a clear indictment ot Ger many's conduct throughout the war He states that Amorico, like Britain, ehould have stood by Belgium, aa the violation ot the neutrality of Belgium was & direct insult to all other nations who signed the Hague Convention. Mr Eooaeveldt goes oa to chow how absurd all the Peace Conferences were if one of the nalione whioh signed the Convention ehould break every pro Hlise at the first opportunity. He BJladed to tbe long deb*te3 held at the time and the unanimous decision tha(< in future no atrocities should blot (he warfare of modern countries. All works of art were to be pieserved from fleatraotion, and above all the home life of each country was to be regatded as eacred. Mr Boose veld tj poißta out the absurdity of tbeee
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)lau?ea in the Convention which Getmaoy signed in company with the other nations, The only clause to wbioh she demurred was that in re gard to tba sowing of mines in the I sea; but she signed it fifter sorue debate, and then sowed mines in the North !v* befuro dtclariDg war against Gn;tit Diitaio Mr Rocfeveldt's argument is that America, by her neutrality, tacitly agrees with Germany to laugh at the Hague Conferences. It is said that America could do little to help if pbe joimd the Allies, but ebe must be abie to send a large body of men. Considering the bloody nature of this war it is not remarkable that any nation should count the cost before joining in. However, alt self-reapect countries should join in repaying the insult Germany has put upon other nations in her calm disregard of treaties It is just that dread of en gaging in a costly war upon whicb she counted. No doubt she hoped 'hat Great Britain, like America, would "ait right; " while Belgium wa? overrun and Franca invaded. Then -hfc had bnr plans to seize Belgium .:■ •: F i <C'\ »;d r.hen coTie k> '•■• eg .-:■..■ 1 i A N"w Zaalander, at prus ■>• 'ivino in America, declares tba.
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i-K doc-' Apart from the n.-ip givun by troop 3 gent to the front '•nißrica'd fmfcry into the war would ; have & moral effect in showing Ger i rxmoy rrmt the nations ap a whole will ' ' :r. Ri'.iw hur in bn-nk i?*"?*y ■■' •. '■ ■■ ■' by : v! a i(\ 'ha' 'ri .; «■■ ')t a>: liiws huixttin and • diviuo wilt not bn ocquiesoed in by the civilized nations of the world.