WAR & PEACE: Freedom of the Seas

A dozen signs pointed last week to the next step in U.S. foreign policy which the Administration was ready to take: to reassert the right of the U.S. to freedom of the seas.

That age-old right of a sovereign nation, for which the U.S. fought in 1812 and again in 1917, was virtually surrendered by the passage of the Neutrality Act in 1935—surrendered in an excess of idealism just as sweeping as that with which'Americans surrendered the right to drink when they passed the 18th Amendment. If now the Freedom of the Seas...

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