The history of attempts to regulate and standardize the navies of the world powers by mutual agreement's not an encouraging one. At the present time it is difficult to foresee the ultimate effects of the virtual abandonment of the Promising beginning made at Washington 15 years ago. It is certain that they will be serious. It is possible that they will be tragic. Does the refusal to renew the Washington and London treaties mean that the ideals for which those treaties stood have gone forever? Is the failure to agree to limit the sizes of the world’s fleets an indication that distrust, suspicion, ill-will, and opposition will govern international relationships permanently? Does it mean that in the future the policies of the states of the world necessarily will be framed in intense nationalism? Does it mean that the nations are committed to preparing for war instead of for peace?
Naval Limitations (Prize Essay, 1937)
By Lieutenant H. H. Smith-Hutton, U. S. Navy
“Omnia Mutantur et Nos Mutamur”