War Aims As Seen From Great Britain
The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada), 2 May 1944, p. 477-487
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War Aims As Seen From Great Britain

Why we went to war. A brief review of the war situation for Britain. Stress now on the building up of a new order when peace comes. The need for a better international order, if there are to be social reforms at home. The cost of the threat of war while nations have to spend enormous sums of money on rearmament. The menace of insecurity. The skepticism of those who went through the last war when speaking of creating a new world or peace. Reasons for the disillusionment and disappointment after World War I. The need for some machinery which will enable treaties to be revised and changed without appeal to force. Problems with the League of Nations and the Treaty of Versailles. A fundamental reason why we failed to preserve peace: the peace-loving peoples of the world were not really prepared to make sufficient sacrifices for peace. Facing an imperfect world, ready to suppress aggressor nations if need be through force. Various schemes to answer the question of how force is to be used. The speaker's belief that the greatest hope lies in the continued co-operation in the days of peace of the three great Allies: the British Commonwealth, the United States, and Russia. Looking forward to a larger fellowship.