Democracy and Military Service: An Abbreviated Translation of the Armée Nouvelle (Classic Reprint)
The Nation in Arms, wrote Jaures, is necessarily a nation actuated by justice (chap. That is why this great Socialist statesman insisted so forcibly on the connexion between the military force of the nation and the organization of International Arbitration: the one, he held, is the guarantee of national independence, while the other guarantees international justice. Hence it was his constant preoccupation to associate National Defence with International Organization.
Moreover, it must not be imagined that the system which Jaures advocated was, in his eyes, a system in volving less effort than that which it would have replaced. When he insisted on the diminution of barrack - training, it was less for the sake of relieving the people from a long sacrifice of time, than because barrack - training seemed to him inefficient and wasteful. He knew that his own proposal for drilling and training the Reserves would involve, in peace-time, an unselfish effort renewed from year to year and he knew that this effort would not be heartily made unless the citizen-soldier felt sure that France was following a settled policy of peace - and, therefore, that neither the citizen's time nor his blood would be wasted on the mere hazard of an international gamble, or on some imperialistic impulse of aggression.
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