Excerpt from International Arbitration: How, and How Far, Is It Practicable?; An Address Delivered by Hon. John A. Kasson, LL. D.; Before the U. S. Naval War College, September 19, 1896
Throughout most of this immense advance to a better condition of the world, the Government... of the United States by their judicial courts, their diplomacy, and their navy, have led the way.
There is, however, a further advance in international civilization for which our Republic has attempted to blaze the path through a forest of difficulties. It is to establish a method by which differences between nations which the usual diplomatic agencies fail to adjust may be honorably settled without a resort to war.
At first blush it seems incongruous to address the members of the war-making department of government upon the means by which their active employment may seem to be rendered unnecessary; but I cannot forgetthat their arms have often been used in aid of a higher civilization, and to secure honorable peace, and that their intervention in our times is much more often a guaranty of peace than it is a menace of coming war. The naval or military officer of our day (i think it may be safely affirmed) now regards himself as an armed guardian of international peace, not as a challenger to combat, impatiently awaiting the order to fight. The noble minded Frederick of Germany responded to my allusion to his brilliant experience in three wars, that he hoped he should never see another battle. In this I believe he spoke for all conscientious military officers of the Christian civilization. The intelligence and in¿uence of such officers may also have great effect in helping their governments to a wise conclusion in respect to the limits Within which a system of international arbitra tion may be safely adopted. For no man acquainted with modern history, and with the present condition of international relations, can (in this generation at least) indulge the dream of a practical scheme of arbitration which shall include all nations, or all the subjects of contention between nations.
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