CIVIL WAR IN BRAZIL! SHALL WE INTERFERE?
IF NOT, WHY NOT?
BY HERBERT QUICK
I want to state a "case today to every reader of this newspaper.
Also I want to ask a question or two.
Brazil is greater in area than the United States. It has many millions
of people, a good navy, and ranks as a great nation.
Germany has immense Brazilian interests. So has Great Britain.
Americans, have considerable interests there, and there are many Japanese
immigrants in the republic.
There is a rebellion in Brazil. Three of the great Brazilian cities have
been declared in a state of siege. The situation may quite possibly 6ecome
as bad as that in Mexico.
Now for my queries.
If Brazil is unable to maintain order in all her vast territories, is it our
duty, under the Monroe Doctrine, to "go in and straighten things out"? If
not, why not, since Brazil comes under the Monroe Doctrine's sway just as
much as does Mexico?
If Germany or Great Britain or Japan should intervene in Brazil- to pro
tect German, British or Japanese interests, should we be bound to fight
such nation to prevent it, even though Brazil protested against our inter
ference? If not, why not, since the case would be precisely simifar to the
case of Mexico?
If these queries are answered in the negative, what is left of the Monroe
Doctrine? And isn't it about time to recognize the fact that, in its original
form, the Monroe Doctrine has become what Hiram Bingham of Yale terms
it, "an obsolete shibboleth"?
P. S. Suppose "disorder" and the like keeps increasing in Mexico,
Brazil, Hayti, Cuba, Columbia, Peru and Central America, all at vthe same
time as they are now doing. Shall we "go in and restore order" in all of
them? Shall we fight all these American nations, and every European na
tion which "intervenes"?
If so, in the name of God, why?
RECOGNIZING THE YELL
Will you listen to the yell of the express companies and their subsi
dized papers over the proposition to further empower the postmaster gen
eral to cheapen parcel post to the people? Isn't it an artistic yell?
"It's competition by price cutting!" "It is disreputable, immoral,
vicious, dishonest!" "It isn't fair and square fighting!" "No lawful busi
ness can stand if the tremendous resources of the nation are marshaled
against it!" And so forth. . .
Verily, the yelling indicates that we've "got" the express hog. The
squealing of the old 500-per cent porker sure makes beautiful music to a
public that has been robbed and treated, with contempt at every express
parcel counter in the country.
"No rogue e'er felt the halter draw,
With good opinion of the law."
And the stronger the opinion, the stronger the certainty that we've
haltered a big rogue.
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