"There is not the remotest prospect of peace in the near future," declared William Y. Elliott, professor of Government, in a recent interview. He did, though, allow for two possibilities of peace if the European situation were to change radically.
The first of the two possibilities for an immediate peace, according to Professor Elliott, would be an overwhelming victory for Hitler in an air vs. navy battle. The second occasion would present itself if, upon repeal of the arms embargo act, Italy were to line up with the Allies, and Russia and Japan were to remain inactive in the event of a pitched battle.
Professor Elliott based his belief that the war would be long and drawn out on the fact that England must fight the battle out or be crippled as an Empire. A truce at present would consolidate the Italian and German position in Europe. Furthermore, he added, such a peace would be disastrous for this country.
As far as the United States are concerned, Professor Elliott claims that "there is no serious threat of our being drawn into the conflict," that the immediate problem is planning a national policy for a long war. The greatest threat to the position of this country he feels lies in possible action by the Japanese navy in the Pacific, where it is essential that the United States maintain a balance of power in the Far East "in which it holds the balance."
In regard to the present neutrality law, Professor Elliott feels that it should be repealed.