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Full text of "The Struggle For Peace"

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together to discuss political and economic appeasement,
although I myself think that the method of discussions
between individual Powers is much more likely to be success-
ful in removing such causes of friction and difficulty as may
exist, but one thing is absolutely certain, and that is that a
world conference which was preceded by an offensive and
defensive alliance of this character would not have the remotest
chance of success.
" The last point, which I call intervention, but which I
think hon. and right hon. Gentlemen opposite prefer to call
the abandonment of non-intervention, is the one to which
they themselves attach the greatest importance of all. But
what I marvel at most is the childlike simplicity of the party
opposite in imagining that the removal of the embargo upon
the supply of arms to the Spanish Government would at
once result in the victory of the side that they favour. Is
anybody so devoid of common sense as to suppose that you
could confine the supply of arms to one side ? If you remove
the embargo on the supply of arms, it is bound at once to be
followed by a whole flood of arms and ammunition and men
pouring into Spain from the sympathisers of each side. It
would not stop there. It would very soon extend to the sea,
and you would have sinkings of ships, you would have
drownings of troops, you would have perhaps naval battles ;
and the European War would have begun. That, in my
opinion, and in the opinion of my colleagues, would be the
result of abandonment of non-intervention in Spain, and we
have no intention of changing our policy in that respect.
" In this very brief analysis of the policy of the party
opposite, I claim that I have shown that their alternative
policy is both futile and dangerous. It is futile because it
does not make a single constructive contribution to peace,
dangerous because it would lead inevitably to war. I cannot
imagine any better issue for an appeal to the country than the
contrast between the policy of His Majesty's Government and
the policy of the party opposite. I cannot imagine anything
which would carry greater consternation into their ranks than
if I were to say that I would take them at their word, but I ani
not going to torture them any longer with suspense. The
right hon. Gentleman the Member for South Hackney (Mr.