The Uncertain Future
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The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada), 17 Jan 1946, p. 185-196


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The Uncertain Future


What we take for granted. Not forgetting Hitler and what he nearly blew away. The danger of minimizing others like him. Hitler's prophecy that if he did not win he would plunge the world into chaos and misery. Hitler's heritage of troubles and dangers far more difficult to deal with than the simple business of killing or being killed. The magnitude of the task that confronts us if order and law and personal freedom are to be restored and peace assured. Some words from Winston Churchill about entering "a world of imponderables." Using Churchill's words as a warning. The speaker's role as observer to the peace-makers of the first World War: Wilson, Lloyd George, Clemenceau. Comparing the speed with which peace treaties got signed and put into operation after World War I and II. The need to think and act differently after the second World War. What went wrong the first time. Politics versus principles. The need to be wary of Government, and of political parties which promise us the moon and six-pence without sacrifice and without effort. Asking civilians and returned service men what kind of world they want and how they are going to help make it happen. Wanting to relax now that the job is done. The need not to do so. The danger, as happened after the first World War, of forgetting our anger and forgetting our suspicions. The possibilities for the realization of the United Nations. Upon what success will depend. Public response to the U.N.O. The ability of "the big three" to prepare peace terms. The danger that we should attempt too much in the peace terms. The importance of keeping "our feet on the ground." Setting the example of co-operation between equals.