chapter  V
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The Transition to Internationalism

One thing, unfortunately, seems fairly clear. Internationalism will not be brought about, in any near future, by

the mere realization that it is desirable, or even that it is imperative for the preservation of everything that we value. At the close of the great war, one might have expected an Ullusually keen consciousness of the evils of nationalism, and an Ullusually warm welcome for any proposal tending to minimize the risk of war. Yet the utmost that President Wilson could secure was his League ofNations, a bodywhich rejected Germany and Russia and was rejected by the United States-a body moreover which, in order to safeguard the precious sovereignty of its component nations, can take no decision except unanimously. It is of course obvious at once to everyone that no good, from an international point of view, can be done by any body which does not, in certain respects, limit the sovereignty of separate nations, for it is this Ullrestricted sovereignty which is the cause of international anarchy. But although this is plain to all, it has very little effect on statesmanship. And in this the statesmen are no worse than the populations they represem.