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The Bases


Durable Peace

As Voiced By

President Wilson

I. America's Purpose: International Justice and World
Peace at New York, 27 September, 1918

II. Program for World Peace; the 14 Points of 8 Janu-
ary, 1918

III. Reply to von Hertling and Czernin: the 4 Cardinal
Principles of 11 February, 1918

IV. Force to the Utmost; Reply to the Prussian Chal-
lenge 6 April, 1918

V. The 4 War Aims; at Mt. Vernon, 4 July, 1918

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Resolutions Anent President Wilson's New York Address of 27 September, 1918, Adopted by the War Committee of the Union League

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Club of Chicago, October 3, 1918.

EALIZING the scope and implications of President Wilson's statement of the war policies of the United States his New York address of 27 September, 1918, and th no such sweeping and searching declaration of purpose in regard to the relations of nations to one another has ever before been made by the responsible head of a powerful nation in a time of world crisis and readjustment;

Recalling that many of the wars that have devastated Europe in the past have had their roots in unjust conditions created or acquiesced in by treaties of peace that ignored the rights of peoples;

Bearing in mind that this shocking war, that has finally involved the United States, has its causes in deep-seated injustice imbedded in existing European conditions and in the purpose of the Central Powers to perpetrate yet further injustice at the expense of neighboring nations assumed to be helpless;

Seeing clearly that war can no longer be easily localized in a world of closely knit international relations and that, only through the establishment of substantial justice between the peoples of the world, can we in the United States hope, henceforth, to find peace for ourselves;

And believing that the principles, so nobly conceived and so clearly set forth by the President, will, if put into effect by our Allies and ourselves, go far toward lifting from the world the nightmare of war and the social and economic burdens that it entails and will set free men's hands and minds and spirits for the nobler tasks of peace;

We, the War Committee of the Union League Club of Chicago, hereby record our whole-hearted concurrence in the President's declaration of principles, and we pledge our best endeavors to the end that, so far as lies in the will and act of the United States, peace, when attained, shall not once more involve the bartering away of the rights of peoples in the interest of dynasties or of powerful states or groups of states, but shall square with the President's solemn declaration.

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