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To the Editors of the Crimson:
The Post-War Problems Council forum last week indicated a disturbing trend in internationalist thought. Professors Kohn, Wild, and Buell are representative of the intelligent internationally-minded group which has urged a more effective international organization and an "adequate" curtailment of the sovereignty of all nations. Without this, they felt, and we still feel, that the world will be ripe for a third global conflict. But the other evening they put almost all their emphasis upon the role of power and "realism" in the post war settlement.
We recognize, of course, that power must be the basis of any realistic post-war settlement, but we do not believe that, alone, a pooling of power by Great Britain and the United States can ensure a lasting peace. We are afraid that in our "news-paper democracy" and increasingly obstructionist Congress will not allow passage of such half-way international measures as those offered by Kohn, Buell, and Wild, unless the internationalists ask for a lot more.
This is not to say that we believe a world federation or anything like it can be established during the immediate post-war period. But we feel very strongly that the moderate minimum proposed by Professors Wild, Kohn, and Buell should be made strategically at the last moment, not weakly in advance. Wilson kept his aims but in the crucial Senate battle, failed to compromise; if we limit our demands now, we shall find ourselves unable to make the compromise which unfortunately will be required. The peace after this war must not be lost because of careless tactics on our part. Stanwood Kenyon '43, Richard H. Russell '43, Andrew E. Rice '43.
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