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A formally recognized equality does, however, accord the smaller nations a position which they should be able to use increasingly in the interest of humanity as a whole and in the service of the ideal.
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All in all, the League of Nations is not inevitably bound, as some maintain from time to time, to degenerate into an impotent appendage of first one, then another of the competing great powers.
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And the annual meetings of the League's Assembly are in effect official peace congresses binding on the participating states to an extent that most statesmen a quarter of a century ago would have regarded as utopian.
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As a result of the World War and of a peace whose imperfections and risks are no longer denied by anyone, are we not even further away from the great aspirations and hopes for peace and fraternity than we were one or two decades ago?
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As long as the problem of world reconstruction remains the center of interest for all nations, blocs having similar attitudes will form and operate even within the League itself.
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At Geneva, the neutral states were often in agreement concerning the preliminaries for Genoa, and Genoa itself was marked by a quite natural mutual exchange of ideas.
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Before the war there were many who were more or less ignorant of the international labor movement but who nevertheless turned to it for salvation when the threat of war arose. They hoped that the workers would never permit a war.
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But it is possible that, in the days ahead, these years we have lived through may eventually be thought of simply as a period of disturbance and regression.
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Fraternity among nations, however, touches the deepest desire of human nature.
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Furthermore, the nature of European problems has not infrequently extended our agreement beyond the confines of the North.
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I do not overlook the fact that the appearance of these new, free nations in the European political community not only celebrates the return of the prodigal son but also creates new sources of friction here and there.
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I have already mentioned that recent years have brought with them much disillusionment concerning what has so far been achieved by humanity.
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It is a commonplace that the League of Nations is not yet-what its most enthusiastic protagonists intended it to be.
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It is remarkable to see how Alfred Nobel's fundamental ideas reappear in the Covenant of the League of Nations.
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Last year, the Assembly of the League, as a result of the initiative taken by the Scandinavian nations, further limited and clarified all the provisions of the clause prescribing the duty of states to participate in sanctions.
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Let us return, however, to the League of Nations. To create an organization which is in a position to protect peace in this world of conflicting interests and egotistic wills is a frighteningly difficult task.
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No nation is so great as to be able to afford, in the long run, to remain outside an increasingly universal League of Nations.
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The contradiction between nationalism and internationalism, which appears so stark when seen in the light of a warped and one-sided exposition of the duties and significance of each,. is in reality non-existent.
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The equality among all members of the League, which is provided in the statutes giving each state only one vote, cannot of course abolish the actual material inequality of the powers concerned.
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The kind of support encouraged by such modes of expression has always arisen basically from confusing the fatherland itself with the social conditions which happened to prevail in it.
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The League of Nations is not the only organization, albeit the most official, which has inscribed the maintenance of peace through law on its banner.
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The whole collective force of the League is to be turned against the aggressor, with more or less pressure according to the need.
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The World War broke out with such elemental violence, and with such resort to all means for leading or misleading public opinion, that no time was available for reflection and consideration.
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There is no reason why agreement on particular points should not be both possible and advantageous to the so-called neutrals and to one or more of the blocs, either existing or in the process of formation, within the League of Nations.
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This identity of views has of itself led to the creation of a considerable coalition of powers who were neutral during the war.
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We here in the North have for many years had a natural tendency to feel that when our representatives come together at an international meeting, we embark on the quest of mutual understanding and support.
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We must remember that the people for whom this change represents a first taste of freedom and a new and brighter future did not allow their resolution to falter, no matter how great the suffering by which they bought this independence.
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Yet in spite of the unique extent of the devastation, we should not forget that this hard labor constituted the birthpangs of a new Europe.
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