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Shantung Goes to Japan
Where Did the Fourteen Points Go?
If---in the conflict of interests which were considered by the "Big Four" at the
Peace Conference, the United States found itself in a minority--
If---President Wilson found, after he got to Versailles, that he had been mis
taken as to the purposes of the associates of the United States in the War--
If---because of such fundamental misunderstanding, it was found necessary to
abandon "open diplomacy and enter secret session--
If---in such secret session, President Wilson found universal application of the
principles of univrsal justice impossible--
Why on Earth Did Not President Wilson State
the Case to the American People, As Lincoln
Would Have Done, And Let the People Decide?
A grave responsibility now rests upon the Senate of the United States
FOR INSTANCE: When we entered the V ar, the people of Ireland took President Wilson's declaratjns
of principles at their face value.
By an overwhelming majority, they decided to separate from the British Empire;
they proclaimed a Republic, and so far as permitted by the hostile military force which
dominates the country, that Republic is today functioning.
Ireland Went Through All of the Forms, of Self-Determination
Had the Fourteen Points Become Effective the Irish Ropublic Must
of Necessity Have Been Internationally Recognized Before Now
And the case of Ireland is. but one of many. It is, however, the most clear-cut,
decisive, longstanding and best known among the cases of all the small nations.
UNLESS the traditions of the United States are to be violated we cannot become
guarantors of the territorial integrity of far-flung Empires based upon
conceptions the antithesis of ours
UNLESS the experiences of President Wilson abroad are in future to be accentuated
S by the experiences of other and perhaps less able men, we should not
entangle our country in the meshes of European politics
UNLESS we are to forsake the policy of supporting right, justice and liberty wher
ever found and irrespective of powerful tyrants
UNLESS we are to abandon the advices of Washington and of Jefferson, then
For America's Sake the League of Nations Must Be Defeated
*Published Under the Auspices of
FRIENDS OF IRISH FREEDOM