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A French Journalist and War Aims. I ONE of the sanest political articles on tho peace campaign that has come to us from France has this week been translated from the article of M. Auguste Gauvain in Los Journal des Debats." What M. Gauvain wants, is what we have all along been demanding, a sober statement" of the Allied war aims, "without literary flourishes." "Only too often," says the political edito1- of the Journal," "have the Allies expressed themselves more as journal- ists than as statesmen, employing rhetorical phrases garnished with epithets. It is just one of the peculiarities of this war that Ministers speak like publicists and chiefs of armies reason like diplomats." The sad truth of M. Gau- v-ain's contention must be reluctantly conceded by all who have considered tt.he rabid outpour- ings of the Allied leaders unblinded by the blinkers of a spurious patriotism, and unfettered by political party bias. The signal failure of the war has not been found in the courage of our soldiers, which has risen to heights unpre- cedented in the military history of the nation; it has been in our total inability to produce a statesman on our side, which is the only siJe we are concerned with at the moment. The British muddle has been paralleled by French muddle, and Italian Imperialism has been muddle, blinded by its desires for national ex- equally blinded by its desires fOT national ex- pansion. In the time of tragedy played in deadly earnest on a world-wide stage, the prin- ciple actors have strutted to and fro with mouthfuls of folly that paraded as words of wisdom under a veneer of phrases that rolled oily from the tongue. Small brains have been paraded as -genius because their paucity of real thought has been hidden behind a vocal scree if that tickled the ear by its euphony, but eluded the intellect by its nullity of real germane idea. Historical sense has been as signally ab- sent as international political sagacity; and chicanery has so far triumphed over honest de- sire for peace that the most important advances in that direction tha.t came from the side of Austria were deliberately hidden from the gaze of two important Allies-Russia and America; in the one case because a revolution had led to a renunciation of Imperialistic self-seeking, and in the other, apparently, because President Wilson's high ideology was incompatible with the ulterior aims of continental nationalists. From first to last a stupid hypocricy has camou- flaged economic motives behind moral issues; and attempts at rapprochement have been nipped in the bud by idiotically hateful speeches uttered by men whose greatest, responsibility is the securing of a, sane peace full of the promise of permanency. Too long has the insanity of impossible endians held the people apart; too long have the polittical buffoons stood between the peoples whose sole hope is peace. Too long have the politically ignorant masses of the na- tions accepted journalese as the expression of the highest wisdom because its utterers were holding the reins of office. The determined at- tempt to find a way out by other than process of arms has yet to be made. And the first step in the direction of the discovery of that way out must be in the plain understandable pro- nunciation for which the French journalist calls. In the name of humanity, in the name of Euro- pean civilisation, that pronunciation must be made in unequivocal terms. Negotiation is the only way; negotiation that surrenders no de- mocratic principle; negotiation that .spells a new page in international relationship because it dis- places the old mistrust by a new social trust internationally is the only salvation of this world; and negotiation will be bmtiglit, greatly nearer by the issuance of a plain statement of aims that holds firm to principles acceptable to the peoples internationally because founded on the principles of justice. Whoso stands in the way of such a pronouncement is an enemy ot the people, and must go.

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