5 MARCH 1932, Page 15


[To the Editor of the SPECTATOR.] Sm,—One admires the self-sacrifice of those who have offered to go between the opposing Japanese and Chinese armies. 'Yet is not the emphasis being mistakenly laid on peace instead of on justice? Will going between the armies at Shanghai, even if it stopped hostilities, which is very doubtful, give back to China the Manchurian provinces which have been wrested from her by naked force in contravention of most solemn international obligations ? Justice is really the prior thing. Peace is one of its fruits. It is because we have been vainly trying to get peace without carrying out our Covenant obligations that we are faced with the deplorable hostilities at Shanghai.—! am, Sir, &c., 31 Rydal Road, Streatham, S.W. 16. G. E. LEE.