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(1923) [MARC] Author: Fridtjof Nansen - Tema: Russia
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Disorder and insecurity are growing on all sides,
and in several continents, while the feeling of
solidarity appears daily to become weaker throughout
our whole suffering human race.

Amid black storm clouds the Demon of War
seems to hover again over stricken Europe, driving
the unresisting nations onward to the abyss.

Everything that happens merely seems to hasten
the catastrophe.

We looked forward to peaceable trade relations,
we wanted to improve State finance, to stabilise
the exchange; but see what it has come to. Surely
things were never as bad as now, and we look in
vain for any serious attempt at international
combination in order to solve the difficulties together.
Repelled by the international chaos and insecurity,
each people prefers to rely upon itself. This policy
of distrust and isolation can only result in making
the position radically worse.

If one had the impression that the Governments
of Europe had done all that lay in their power to
restore peace and to reconstitute the economic life
of nations upon a sound foundation—then would
one indeed lose all faith in the future.

Fortunately, that is very far from being the case.
Fortunately, we can convince ourselves, by a rapid
retrospect, that the fact has been that Europe has
been suffering from an utterly absurd system of
government, and we may be thankful that the
damage done to it has not been still greater.

Who would dare declare that the years we have
lately passed through have impressed him as being

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