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THE CAUSE OF PEACE.

(To the Editor.) I r > —l do not wish to discuss your leader of yesterday, except the concluding sentence: "If you wish for peace, ■make preparation for war." That is equivalent to saying: "If you want good health, sow the seeds of disease." Has the construction of great armaments and the creation of vast armies ever really hindered -war? If it has, why have we had so many bloody conflicts "during the last fifty years ? We have the vast armies and costly armaments, but yet, if our newspapers interpret the affairs of the world aright, all the nations, without exception, are at the present moment living in a fools' paradise. It needs only the torch to be applied to envelope the whole world (it used to be Europe) in conflagration and strife. War is called hell. We believe it ia the worst hell man ever made for himself, and, believing this, we, who are called "peace men," will do nothing to encourage it. But we will do wiiat we ■can to foster and develop mutual trust and goodwill among the nations. This is a large order, and perhaps only a dream of enthusiasts and sentimentalists, yet all reforms have come along these lines. ("The dreamer has dreamed a dream.") Yet, through opposition and misunderstanding, they gradually crystallise into something more tangible than dreams, and this' dream of peace and concord among the nations is already more than a dream. There is a leaven amongst the nations —against the existing state of things. It is that unseen, yet potent, power that works its way in the consciences of men. —the spiritual against the material. It is because war is materialistic and utterly selfieh that it must give place, as all evil will eventually do, to that higher law. 'But ff this dream is but a mere dream, a phantasm, and the nations continue in their present course, what must the end be. and where are we going to stop? If it be an almost impossible task for the master minds of the world to ■ keep the hounds of war in leash, what will it be' in ten, twenty, or thirty years hence? If -we continue at the present rate, every sovereign coined will be in the war chest, every - man able to carry a gun a soldier, and the -whole world an armed camp. Industries, art, arid sciences will be paralysed, and a great black pall will overhang the -whole earth. These possibilities should make us pause and think whether' there be no alternative to this dreadful condition. Some of us think there is, and' we are quite content to be thought sentimentalists (unpatriotic and visionary), but jwe Tvill still continue to work— For the cause that lacks For the'•wrong that needs resistance. I am, etc..

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THE CAUSE OF PEACE. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 88, 14 April 1909

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