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Evening Star, Issue 15674, 12 December 1914
Uxheii the direction of one of the ablest men, intellectually, win, Tho United has ever occupied the States Preddentia! Chair, (ho and the War. United Staio of America continues topicwnt to the outside world a spectacle that is galling and ii dialing to the great majority of its thoughtfnl and educated citizens. President Wilson’s policy, both in relation to Mexico and to I lie war in Lurope, though inspired by the highest motives, has failed at home and abroad. In Mexico he lias followed, with disastrous results. the policy that long since, conferred an immortality of ridicule up m an English general ; The great Duke of York had an army Of forty thousand men; He led them up a \ ety high hill. And he led them down again. President WiLon sent into Mexican waters warships that bombarded A cm Cm/, and landed troops; tic established some s.ort ot civilised rule, then abandoned the town, withdrew the American ships ami sailors, and left the country in a wnr-r- condition than before he entered it. H i-' non in the hands of gangs of roving bandit-, of whom the monstrous and sanguinary A ilia i» chief. Nor has he redeemed bis reputation. or that, of his country, by his attitude towards the war in which practically the whole world i- : at tins time engaged. His opportunity wa- a great one. and he let it pa-s. It tea so i lear. so plain, and so unmistakable that the President has not even the poor excuse that he could not -«■ it. What the world was waiting to learn, what every honest American man and woman were wanting to know, was the opinion of the 1. in ted States Government on tin* onslaught on and devastation of Belgium. Ihe fact- '.m-ic simple and nndcr.Jood by every ‘choolhov. The German war machine had bicn ruthlessly. pitilc-.-ly, and with .-atainc thoroughness hurled against a small, peaceful, innocent nationality, and in a few weeks happy tillage-, historic town-, prosperous cities wen* reduced to I»—tj-s- of ruins, while sewn minimi j c"pl” became famine-stricken wanderers. And it was. and still i-. noon thm monstrous travesty and satire en the t hristjauity Ik? profp-scs that President. Atihon win expected to pronounce the judgment of tho American people. Ihe President, ho’.vctvr, remained • deal. ’.'.if. icy odd*', -s w informs an indignant arc! di gn. t-d pcopr* that the. United Stale-, hopes 1-* m! as peace mediator; that altii the war tin* cc-c of Belgium 'Mil be inquired into, m'* l tec gmlU punished : and that, rnc u wi;;h . Am, ran mud. do and ay icdiomr that < ’o >••• >••.*• striied by the belligerent •• into pm tialiit for one side' or the eimr. (lies,, mat pmsilly Ice : oll.i* who approve tin- .dii.ndm Our only coinnieH ;• thet it wa,. nui by such men and by -mil method- that . ilher the British Empire or tin- American lh.p!ibm came into being. .Meanwhile tirm - nn - .i•.<*.- ■ in tin* United Stales. Tin < ounny is a'ami* 1 1. In spite of Count B.a me ■; !>, - Press ,- in. paign and the daily ?»•:••• !n man ly ‘’l victories, tii c in or** oovioe.s .o;;;, ,: *,.- o) Gorilla 11 policy ;n the li Id ot tirt’is * ar.r.-d be ignoied. W'n. n pio'ei'm-- iin.; man might covld ride i<.iigiis(n-*d >■■■■■ i f.m armies of 1 1 * .'.ill*.-. !*■ .ed'-nm -.. eeii constitute rinistm i;i r n :*y i" the e;,;:peace and sai.-ty of lie- 1. :,:;*■ I .-ta* The triumph of G-iman iinin : : *; :e Europe would mean it;- tiltined • i V| i,n;p < elsewhere, nnh s- tin* .New \\ mid ■ pared t<* ni"*i fi. which A :• r.-l ab’e to do. i 'n: I. ml- d mm v ‘* army wort by ot tie* name, mi ;t lac pushed lorward lie ]r- ■’ s <a n . ra-y m keeping v. yii !:*.<■ ur■ t ~ -c national imen -is. Ji**n< ■* u is ti'cv, t*, mi represcetiiiivc Ann i "mm ■ ;< ;r- ere ;. asking how ■ hmr ■ "M’.i M m ;-. ! movement it ’.v'T !)■ ■ u-,- • -1, m :*■■ imrc ot intense m -l ,o ind gnat .oh a.*:..’ i many; in fu-t- the iuum t* ■ *■ '■' by President Wii,'-oo i- .*••_■ finer i. i calm Em ardor of its promoters Is let <,• •* r r.m; - of the Powers now engc-md in the war should talc, offence. T !?•■ Presided docs not "fill it. i icale an " cm., -an :< i *!- int<a national impression : !m >*pp* ! * compul.-orv mi’Daiy tram:';*;, ami i,.*. would preici ;o rely np' o W'fi! vi'.with a view to limit tic ar a * .yy .: tiou. We ar- an.ml Im re i ; ’I .' i c mankind und fitlm tor Am,-;!''* . -t ■ trines of tin’s cliaracVr. a: -7 m Americans, in llm;r wrath, v.:'l * ! " ymg : Oh. for one hour < f >t*;■ •■*. oh ' T ii; is not Un* time for pole w <■: ?■ ii mb i■ i only. Ha?! B* Ig'utn ■ "i l -. v:- i .* -i nterest rln* v.oul'i 10-iay i.- ■ coffers with I lei man gold : mri l‘-.f gnr tai put self-interest, limt m-r <■ xi■■on ami ;m ports would con.-1■ t at■? a i ■■* -.id : ia* ■ could have looked on as imam * them while Frame wa - n. ;;.g !■.: u n.m from limb. But an::,tan. ov. ; r i "cy would also ii.ivt gaimai ?ii * <:■;•. i.iMc.i- o> mankind, and m n- v s'.*n* ami m* have reaped ill-* lit lewaid of ih V inirm\. Wii P.riions t'.-o'ay can i.oid an out' heads in pride, he tie* o'lUoine u the war what it may. it is th<* : r mi.-n,'. tune, not their fault, that Amrri'Mns not do the same.
Evening Star, Issue 15674, 12 December 1914
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