Welles, Sumner
October 1947
Foreign Affairs;Oct47, Vol. 26 Issue 1, p116
This article discusses the moral values upon which the doctrines of intervention and nonintervention have been based. Certain treaties obligate the U.S. government and other governments to respect the sovereignty and independence of all nations, as well as the inherent right of all free peoples to self-determination, and that intervention in the national concerns of any other state is a violation of those basic obligations. However plausible may be the motives alleged in justification, intervention is inherently an act in violation of rights, which, under every precept of the public law that civilization has evolved, should be inviolable. American public opinion must insist that the government's policies further the creation of an order under which even the smallest nation will be secure from Great Power intervention.


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