Wednesday, December 17, 2008


This Day in the History of Foolish Idealism

On this day in 1927, U.S. Secretary of State Frank Kellogg suggested a worldwide pact renouncing war. He along with French Foreign Minister Aristide Briand got nations to sign the pact of their combined names on August 27, 1928. Among the signers were Australia, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Japan, Italy, New Zealand, Poland, the United Kingdom and the United States, all of which were major combatants (well, maybe not Belgium) in WWII, a savage war which probably killed a 100 million people.

So the treaty doesn't appear to have worked out all that well.



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