Apparently, not everyone applauded Teddy Roosevelt for negotiating an end to the Russo-Japanese War
What Would TR and Orwell Say?
2:32 PM, APR 6, 2015 • BY GEOFFREY NORMAN
We must ever bear in mind that the great end in view is righteousness, justice as between man and man, nation and nation, the chance to lead our lives on a somewhat higher level, with a broader spirit of brotherly goodwill one for another. Peace is generally good in itself, but it is never the highest good unless it comes as the handmaid of righteousness; and it becomes a very evil thing if it serves merely as a mask for cowardice and sloth, or as an instrument to further the ends of despotism or anarchy. We despise and abhor the bully, the brawler, the oppressor, whether in private or public life, but we despise no less the coward and the voluptuary. No man is worth calling a man who will not fight rather than submit to infamy or see those that are dear to him suffer wrong. No nation deserves to exist if it permits itself to lose the stern and virile virtues; and this without regard to whether the loss is due to the growth of a heartless and all-absorbing commercialism, to prolonged indulgence in luxury and soft, effortless ease, or to the deification of a warped and twisted sentimentality.
-Theodore Roosevelt, from his 1910 Nobel lecture
Roosevelt had been awarded the prize in 1905, this in recognition of his role in negotiating an end to the Russo-Japanese war. He was the first American president – indeed, the first statesman – to win the prize and it did not come without controversy. According to the Nobel committee’s thumbnail about the award, Roosevelt was too “military mad” to suit some in Norway and “Swedish newspapers wrote that Alfred Nobel was turning in his grave …”