All these things are desirable, but no scheme for preventing future wars will have any chance of success unless it rests upon the assurance that the States which enter into it will loyally and steadfastly abide by it, and that each and all of them will join in coercing by their overwhelming united strength any State which may disregard obligations it has undertaken. The faith of treaties is the only solid foundation on which the temple of peace can be built up.
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By President Poincare and Premier Viviani.
to the People of France by President Poincare,
Paris, Aug. 1.
For some days the condition
of Europe has become considerably more
serious in spite of the efforts of diplomacy. The horizon has
At this hour most of the nations have mobilized their forces.
Some countries, even
though protected by neutrality, have thought
it right to take this step as a precaution.
Some powers, whose constitutional and military laws do not resemble our own, have without issuing a decree of mobilization begun and continued preparations which are in reality equivalent to mobilization and which are nothing more or less than an anticipation of it (qui n’en sont que l’execution anticipee).
France, who has always declared her pacific intentions, and who has at the darkest hours (dans des heures tragiques) given to Europe counsels of moderation and a living example of prudence (sagesse), who has multiplied her efforts for the maintenance of the world’s peace, has herself prepared for all eventualties and has taken from this moment the first indispensable measures for the safety of her territory.
But our legislation
does not allow us to complete these
preparations without a decree of mobilization.
Careful of its responsibility
and realizing that it would be
failing in a sacred task to leave things as they were, the
Government has issued the decree which the situation demands.
Mobilization is not
war. In the present circumstances it appears,
on the contrary, to be the best means of assuring peace with honor.
Strong in its ardent desire to arrive at a peaceful solution of the crisis the Government, protected by such precautions as are necessary, will continue its diplomatic efforts, and it still hopes to succeed.
It relies upon the calm of this noble nation not to give rein to emotions which are not justified. It relies upon the patriotism of all Frenchmen, and it knows that there is not one who is not ready to do his duty.