"[Pacifists] are pulling the nation back at a time when it must go forward or perish" (1917)

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"[Pacifists] are pulling the nation back at a time when it must go forward or perish" (1917) - Pacifists, Good and Bad We have no fault .to...
Pacifists, Good and Bad We have no fault .to find with the pacifist that is the man who prefers peace to war and will do anything anything he can honorably do to avoid war. All normal men and women are pacifists. Some would have gone too far to avert war. They would have gone so far as to make war later, inevitable and to leave the nation alone and handicapped in the face of a victorious, victorious, powerful and unscrupulous enemy. But in some degree previous to a certain day last April we were all pacifists and there were many mighty good people among us for instance President Wilson and Henry Ford who are pacifists no longer. On that day pacifism should have ended. The nation had determined after futile experiments that there was but one way to have peace and that way was to fight for it and fight hard. Any further peace movement became an obstacle to the enterprise in which we were forced to engage. It has been more of an obstacle than any of the remaining honest pacifists imagined it could be. It became a help to the enemy, an encouragement to him to continue in war.. It became an instrument for the prolongation of the war. It is a noteworthy fact which could not have escaped the attention of honest pacifists, that every known and suspected enemy of this country was a pretended pacifist. He had been one; he opposed with all his might the entrance of the country into the war though he had favored the continuation of the war in Europe that Germany might win. He was a pacifist only as to our participation in the war on the side of the allies; he had done what he could to embroil us in conflict against the allies. Now he is a pacifist only to the extent of hindering hindering the nation in its war preparations. He sought to array public sentiment against the draft, first against registration for the draft. All this has been done in the name of peace. The honest pacifists, those who have preferred an idea to the expression of a democratic nation are in bad company. company. They are pulling the nation back at a time when it must go forward or perish. These peace societies disclaim' any purpose to hinder or embarrass the government. They profess to be preparing the public mind for peace in the future; they would commit the country to a peace policy after the present war is over. Whether or not such a policy is advisable depends entirely upon our world-neighbors: world-neighbors: world-neighbors: if they are not peaceable we cannot afford to entertain such a policy. Anyway, this is not the time to campaign for peace. It only gives the enemies of the country an opportunity to sheaf the nation of its strength for war which is now hern

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  1. Arizona Republic,
  2. 18 Sep 1917, Tue,
  3. Page 4

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