Double Indemnity (BFI Film Classics) by Richard Schickel

By Richard Schickel

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For several years countless numbers of men were lost in frontal attacks that might at best gain a few yards. In January 1915, Ambassador Page wrote Wilson: The horror of the thing outruns all imagination. Yet somehow nobody seems to realize it—men marched into the trenches to as certain slaughter as cattle when they are driven into the killing house in a stockyard. . There’s nothing of the old “glory” of war—the charge, the yell, the music, the clash, and the giving way of one side or of the other.

Justice could only be attained, the former president insisted, by the exercise of power. ” Such procedures, warned TR, would cause the United States to wait in idle helplessness while a potential enemy “could make a Gibraltar” of one of the West Indian islands or of Magdalena Bay off the coast of Mexico. Better, he continued, to rely on the time-tested Monroe Doctrine, which was keeping America out of the current conflict, than choose the chimera of arbitration. The former president had his followers.

Suppose, even, a firmly welded British Empire, united by successful war, militarized by the intoxication of victory, and allied to a hungry and bellicose Japan. . 46 Some military figures were obsessed with fears of a German threat. At the turn of the century, American naval leaders, including the famous strate- The Earliest Debates 33 gist Alfred Thayer Mahan, believed that Berlin sought to occupy territory in the Western Hemisphere and challenge the United States for the control of world markets.

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