Emily Greene Balch to Daughters of the American Revolution - Kaskia Chapter, July 10, 1924

National Office of the
United States Section --
1403 H. Street, N.W.,
Washington, D.C.

July 10, 1924

To the Secretary of the Kaskia Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution:

Dear Madam:

Miss Jane Addams forwarded to me some little time ago a statement relating to disarmament sent to her over the signatures of various chapters of the D.A.R. of Chicago and vicinity.

The position of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, of which Miss Addams is International President, on this important question may interest you, especially as it has been misrepresented in some quarters. It will be found on page three of a statement which has been prepared for the use of some of our friends who have been puzzled or misled by recent attacks on various women's organizations, including the W.I.L.P.F., in which preposterous falsehoods are often mixed with sheer misunderstanding.

Of course there is an honest difference of opinion between pacifists and militarists -- to use the current terms -- as to how a country is best defended. We believe that the only safe frontier by sea or land is the frontier that has friendly people on the other side and that any people can be made friendly if dealt with in the right way; and that on the other hand preparedness does far more to create ill-will and distrust than it can do to protect against the dangers of war -- to put the question only on the ground of expediency and safety and not on the ground of morality, Christianity and principle.

In any case, pacifists and militarists alike, when honest and rightminded, have surely the same goal -- an orderly world where constructive cooperation shall replace destructive conflict. While differing as to the means leading to this goal and working each according to their own convictions [page 2] they can respect one another's sincere efforts to serve their common country and as far as practicable all countries of the world, whose destiny is so closely linked in one.

Yours very truly,

Member International Board of the W.I.L.P.F. --
Vice-Chairman of the Section for the United States, W.I.L.P.F.


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