In any case then, an old-fashioned peace will not leave the world much better off than it was before 1914, and in many respects even a good deal worse.
As before the war, the Moral Code of the State will differ with that held sacred by the individual; when the State commits an injustice, it will have to soothe the scruples of its millions by lies, by phrases, by hypocrisy.
Each state will be afraid of its neighbour or it will covet its possessions or its territory, or its trade. For many years, wars in Europe may be avoided; but fear and aggression will do their work like they did in the 20th century. And in the meantime international intercourse will not be what it should be.
For the old, old, fallacy, that the various nations and states have conflicting interests, like most superstitions, will be repeated and looked upon as an irrefutable truth; and each state will shape its policy accordingly. No Government will take the slightest notice of the general interest of Mankind; but each will only follow those dictates of a narrow and sordid provincialism, which are called, collectively, "national interests."
And again, fear will reign as supreme as aggression.
Strong States, threatened by stronger States or coalitions, will have to relinquish their role of protectors of weak ones, whom they will be obliged to leave to the mercy of other States who will trample on their bodies as well as on theirverysouls. International Law