The Kellogg-Briand Pact

Frank B. Kellogg

Originally uploaded by Thomas Roche

The Kellogg-Briand Pact, a reununciation of war as an instrument of international policy, was signed on August 27, 1928 in Paris. It was named for US Secretary of State Frank B. Kellogg and French foreign minister Aristide Briand. 61 countries ultimately signed the Pact.

Wikipedia tells me:

‘In its original form, the Pact of Paris was a renunciation of war between France and the US. However, Frank B. Kellogg, then U.S. Secretary of State, wanted to retain American freedom of action; he thus responded with a proposal for a multilateral pact against war open for all nations to become signatories, in hopes of diluting the French proposal into a meaningless statement of utopian idealism.’

Someone’s tagged that, er, “provocative” statement with a ‘dubious’ footnote, which makes me get all misty about the exchange of ideas that is Wikipedia. That’s my sarcastic voice, in case you can’t see me rolling my eyes. Regardless, there’s no need to point out what happened in the years following the Kellogg-Briand pact… proving, I’m sure, that utopian idealism is hardly worth your time, since the main alternative is soooooooooooooooooo rockin’. That’s also my sarcastic voice. I’m still rolling my eyes.

Info & image of Frank B. Kellogg from Wikipedia.


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