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Surrender of Italy, Germany and Japan, World War II

Part III. Surrender of Japan,   pp. [69]-111 ff.

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defensive everywhere, when   modern  civilization
trembled in the balance, I thank a merciful God that
He has given us the faith, the courage, and the power
from which to mold victory.
We have known the bitterness of defeat and the
exultation of triumph, and from both .we have
learned there can be no turning back. We must go
forward to preserve in peace what we won in war.
A new era is upon us. Even the lesson of victory
itself brings with it profound concern, both for our
future security and the survival of civilization. The
destructiveness of the war potential, through pro-
gressive advances in scientific discovery, has in fact
now reached a point which revises the traditional
concept of war.
Men since the beginning of time have sought peace.
Various methods through the ages have attempted to
devise an international process to prevent or settle
disputes between nations. From the very start
workable methods were found insofar as individual
citizens were concerned, but the mechanics of an
instrumentality of larger international scope have
never been successful. Military alliance, balances of
power, League of Nations all in turn failed, leaving
the only path to be by way of the crucible of war.
The utter destructiveness of war now blots out
this alternative. We have had our last chance. If
we do not now devise some greater and more equi-
table system Armageddon will be at our door. The
problem basically is theological and involves a
spiritual recrudescence and improvement of human
character that will synchronize with our almost
matchless advance in science, art, literature, and all
material and cultural developments of the past 2,000

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