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...Our people must learn to see that _the maintenance of peace never can or may be the goal of a policy_. The policy of a great State has positive aims. It will endeavour to attain this by pacific measures so long as that is possible and profitable. It must not only be conscious that in momentous questions which influence definitely the entire development of a nation, the appeal to arms is a sacred right of the State, but it must keep this conviction fresh in the national consciousness.The inevitableness, the idealism, and the blessing of war, as an indispensable and stimulating law of development, must be repeatedly emphasized.The apostles of the peace idea must be confronted with Goethe's manly words:
"Dreams of a peaceful day? Let him dream who may! 'War' is our rallying cry, Onward to victory!"
THE DUTY TO MAKE WAR
Prince Bismarck repeatedly declared before the German Reichstag that no one should ever take upon himself the immense responsibility of intentionally bringing about a war. It could not, he said, be foreseen what unexpected events might occur, which altered... Bernhardi, Friedrich Von
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