HOUR OF TRIUMPH by George Fielding Eliot


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In broad, somewhat theoretical terms, with more rhetoric than the few essentials warrant, Eliot presents perfectly valid postwar projections. His main points concern permanent peace, that this peace will no longer be a peace by domination or by balance of power, but one of common agreement among the peoples of the world. That such peace can be assured only through vigilance, under an international police force, and that the United Nations formed for the conduct of the war must be preserved in the peace under a United Nations council. He conjectures as to the defeat of Germany, basing his decisions on defeat on German soil; after Germany there must be no temporizing with Japan though she may make tentative overtures for peace; we must wage an all-out offensive and total defeat. The period of demobilization, the maintenance of armed supervision, suggestions for permanent disarmament and permanent restraints for enemy countries; and a U.S. foreign policy which will be one of international collaboration. Nothing basically new -- but presented with the cogency his audience has come to expect.

Pub Date: March 21st, 1944
Publisher: Reynal & Hitchcock