SAYS COLLEGE MEN WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR WAR
CITES RAVAGES OF LAST WAR IN PARISIAN PARADE
"Upon the attitude of the American college students of today toward war depends the future of our civilization," declared Sir Willoughby H. Dickinson K.B.E. to a CRIMSON reporter yesterday. Sir Willoughby is the President of the "Federation of the League of Nations Associations," and a former member of the League of Nations Assembly.
"You Harvard students must realize," he continued, that another war will destoy our civilization and send the world back into a state of chaos. A mere desire for peace is not enough. You must think about it, discuss it, and work for it. Education for peace, first, and then definite action which will assure its permanence, can alone guide humanity forward."
"You in America do not appreciate the horrors of war as we do in Europe. I saw a procession in Paris last year of thousands upon thousands of the wrecks which the World War made of young men, who were many of them University students. They were missing arms and legs, and some of them even had only half a face. It was too horrible and overwhelming to describe.
"And yet, with the memory of the late war still fresh in the minds of the world, there are nations that merely look on as the rest of humanity strives to work out a basis upon which a permanent peace can be laid. And yet, it is upon those same indifferent nations that the most cruel blows of another war will be struck. It is not upon your fathers that the burden of civilization now rests, but upon you American college students.
"And it is to the west that the world is now looking. Your Supreme Court is the basis of the International Court of Justice; your President's efforts established the League of Nations, and yet you refuse to participate in either. It is no good with half the world working and the other half looking on. And it's up to you to bring your country back to active participation in the efforts toward world cooperation.
"Many of your countrymen claim that man is naturally a 'fighting animal' and that war will always be part of life. It is true that man is a fighting animal. You've probably heard the story of the Irishwoman who was waving a delighted farewell to the British troops leaving Ireland. She said: 'Good-by, good-by, me darlints, now at last we'll be able to fight in pace.' Let's fight not 'in piece,' but for peace.
"America must use her great power for this cause. Rome and England discovered a new world; America must make a new world. It is to you young men of the West that the call now comes."