Washington (Jul. 4)
Senator Bennet Champ Clark of Missouri, member of the Senate Munitions Investigating Committee, today appealed to the Jewish War Veterans of the United States to develop a “militant public sentiment” against war.
Addressing several hundred veterans gathered for the patriotic services in the amphitheatre of the Arlington National Cemetery, Senator Clark pointed out that the wave of religious persecution now sweeping through several countries of the world “is the best example of the frightful results of the World War.”
Senator Clark said that prospects for war “are more imminent today than in 1914.” He cited the rapid growth of dictatorships and said, “Liberalism and democracy are now fighting with their backs to the wall.”
PAYS TRIBUTE TO JEWS
In a tribute to the Jews, Senator Clark said that “they are a great people of the highest cultural attainments and come from a land which is the very cradle of liberty.” He told his listeners that it cannot be said that Jewish citizens lack patriotism in any country in which they choose to live.
In a plea for the abolition of war, Senator Clark urged the adoption of pending legislation which would keep the United States in a neutral position in the event of war among the nations. He hit at the propaganda of munitions makers and said that in Europe there are now a million and a half more men under arms than in 1914.
The patriotic services today constituted the second annual Independence Day observance sponsored on a nation-wide basis by the Jewish War Veterans of the United States. Capt. William Berman, commander-in-chief, also addressed the gathering. He said that the Jewish veterans had dedicated themselves to upholding the principles of democracy