William Fulbright -6-
of reconciling those principles with the hard facts of fear, and of hatred of
physical suffering and of prejudices must now be met.
Inspirational conferences at long intervals are not the solution.
Patient and persistent participation in the daily affairs of this troubled
world is required. Of paramount importance is the character and wisdom of the
men who represent us. It will take boldness and imagination on the part of
these men if we are to avoid the extreme nationalism which has contributed so
much to our troubles. To resurrect and defend that old order of lawlessness
and national irresponsibility will be inviting disaster. Our goal is not to
defend a bankrupt system. Our goal is to create something new in the world; a
system in which binding rules of conduct are accepted by all nations by
agreement rather than by force.
Out of the continuous process of adjusting differences and
establishing order, new standards of national conduct, standards without precedent
in this confused world, standards of economic, political and moral conduct, must
be created and accepted, if mankind is to avoid complete self-destruction.
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