Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 3, No. . 1940
[Letter to Salient Vol. 3, No. 3. 1940 from Geo. W. Turner]
Mr. Cardale by a conventional sophistry has endeavoured to demonstrate that it is our duty to support the war. His argument is the old one that the people elected the government, and the government elected the war. He overlooks the fact that when this government was returned to power, war aims were not part of their platform; indeed the apparent general aims of the party elected were such as to lead one to believe that, should such a contingency arise, they would stand by the workers and people against the militarists and capitalists. Moreover the truth of the statement implying that Britain's aims are not imperialistic is far from evident.
Mr. Cardale goes further and says that anyone who declares that England is aggressive or undeserving of New Zealand's support is not a pacifist. What, then, is a pacifist? One who, while opposed to war generally, will support a particular war because a government, the tool of a capitalist minority, is in favour of it? No! Such inconsistency belongs to the other creed.
Geo. W. Turner