Ten years after the World War, it is being said in many quarters that the nations of the earth are drifting toward another conflict. And the question immediately arises as to what kind of a war it will be. Shall we have an annihilating conflict? Shall we repeat the very worst practices of the last struggle? Is international law in the discard?
There are many reasons for believing that the next war, if there be one, will be a dreadful drama of horrors. In major struggles, with nations fighting for very existence, with popular governments supported by their citizenry, the time-honored distinction between peaceful non-combatant and armed combatant tends to disappear with the population “all in it” as they were in 1918, with economic stress and personal conscription. In industrial nations, every scientific and mechanical element is turned toward a war purpose. Colonel Fuller of the British Army seems to predict a war which will strike, not so much at armies in the field as at the directing government and the supporting populace at home.
Mr. James M. Beck has said: