A Peaceable Answer to the Russian Challenge
President Truman said in his first message to Congress on April 16, 1945: “In this shrinking world, it is futile to seek safety behind geographical barriers. Real security will be found only in law and justice.” He said in New York on October 28, 1945: “We do not seek for ourselves one inch of territory in any place in the world.” But in the next sentence he added: “Outside the right to establish necessary bases for our protection, we look for nothing which belongs to any other power.” Truman wants island bases for security although he tells Congress that “Real security will be found only in law and justice.”
Why does Truman talk law one day and island bases or war on another day? Because there can be no law without provision for the enforcement of law, and who can enforce law on great nations? The ultimate way, and in most cases the only way, of enforcing a law on a nation is to make war on it.
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