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Tuesday, June 01, 2004

"Observe good faith and justice toward all nations. Cultivate peace
and harmony with all. Religion and morality enjoin this conduct. And
can it be that good policy does not equally enjoin it? It will be
worthy of a free, enlightened, and at no distant period a great
nation to give to mankind the magnanimous and too novel example of a
people always guided by an exalted justice and benevolence. Who can
doubt that in the course of time and things the fruits of such a plan
would richly repay any temporary advantage which might be lost by a
steady adherence to it? Can it be that Providence has not connected
the permanent felicity of a nation with its virtue? The experiment,
at least, is recommended by every sentiment which ennobles human
nature. Alas! is it rendered impossible by its vices? In the
execution of such a plan nothing is more essential than that
permanent, inveterate antipathies against particular nations and
passionate attachments for others should be excluded, and that in
place of them just and amicable feelings toward all should be
cultivated. The nation which indulges toward another an habitual
hatred or an habitual fondness is in some degree a slave. It is a
slave to its animosity or to its affection, either of which is
sufficient to lead it astray from its duty and its interest.
Antipathy in one nation against another disposes each more readily to
offer insult and injury, to lay hold of slight causes of umbrage, and
to be haughty and intractable when accidental or trifling occasions
of dispute occur."--George Washington
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