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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 6, Issue 2 (June 1, 1931)

War no Remedy

War no Remedy.

And now, having drifted steadily from the old atmosphere of “high politics” to an atmosphere of distressful and resentful “econopolitics,” is there a danger of a flash back? It was a saying in the last century that a cure for domestic distress was a successful war; and some people believed that a vein of similar psychology in Napoleon III. threw him and France into the Prussian trap in 1870. To attempt to draw a people's attention from ills at home to glorious war abroad is at best a gamble. And since a warfare of trenches, covering years, has replaced the Sedans and Waterloos, war as a remedy for anything seems more than ever incredible. What can war create except bankruptcy? And yet in recent months the rumour of a new war has grown up in Europe, and is growing still.