Victorious Peace
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The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada), 21 Feb 1918, p. 123-130
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Victorious Peace


The principles upon which, and upon which only, peace can be made with the Central Powers of Europe, as stated by the President of the United States in his last address to Congress. The inception of this war based on the motive of robbery, and in its conduct has been marked by an atrocious cruelty unprecedented in modern history. Now futile for to blame the inept statesmanship of the democratic nations of the world for permitting the monster's power to grow. No doubt now about the final outcome of this war. The nature of the peace and upon what that will be determined. Signs of the times giving promise that it may not be long delayed. The speaker's faith that no matter what will have to happen, in the end right will prevail. The question at issue as to whether or not we will gain a victorious peace. Conditions under which sacrifices will have been in vain, and another more frightful war must be fought. Christian principles that seem to have modified the savage, selfish instincts of human nature, and what that has meant to the progress of our civilization. The speaker's response to wholesale criticism of the modern world. The open attack upon Servia, Belgium, France and Russia which marked the beginning of the war a culmination of many years of preparation. Overthrowing German philosophy as well as German power. The underlying false philosophy of the various forms of state socialism. "Every human action is the outcome of some system of philosophic thought." Discussion follows. Victory in the higher sense not to be secured or complete until the world is made safe against the state policy, the materialistic philosophy which in the long run is more dangerous than German arms. A better world emerging if we do but ponder the causes that have brought about these ills and return as far as we may to the ideals of individual responsibility and individual liberty which our fathers followed. Security for person and property and the administration of the law of justice secured through a common sense of justice pervading all the individuals or the vast majority of those who make up the commonwealth. The need for the ideals of English liberty, based upon the teachings of Christianity to pervade the lives and the institutions, political and social, of the world before we can ever have a victorious peace.