In life, particularly in public life, psychology is more powerful than logic.
Even a total and universal disarmament does not guarantee the maintenance of peace.
Limitation of armaments in itself is economically and financially important quite apart from security.
We pacifists have not ceased to point to the grave danger of armaments and to insist on their curtailment.
Armaments are necessary - or are maintained on the pretext of necessity - because of a real or an imagined danger of war.
Disarmament or limitation of armaments, which depends on the progress made on security, also contributes to the maintenance of peace.
Thus, if armaments were curtailed without a secure peace and all countries disarmed proportionately, military security would have been in no way affected.
Lightly armed nations can move toward war just as easily as those which are armed to the teeth, and they will do so if the usual causes of war are not removed.
The security of which we speak is to be attained by the development of international law through an international organization based on the principles of law and justice.
The relationship of the two problems is rather the reverse. To a great extent disarmament is dependent on guarantees of peace. Security comes first and disarmament second.