June 22, 1920 (13th Parliament, 4th Session)


Herbert Brown Ames



Possibly the hon. member has in mind a subject that was dealt with at the sixth meeting otf the League of Nations, namely, help to Persia. Persia has been invaded by the Russians. Persia has apealed to the League of Nations. The League of Nations found that Persia was negotiating (with the Bolsheviks at the time for terms of peace. While awaiting the reply from Moscow it was impossible for the League to take on definite responsibility, but at its meeting the Council notified Persia that if the attack was persisted in the League would stand behind Persia. Now, as to the method by which it is done let me give an illustration. In New York city you have a fire brigade and you have a municipal service that taxes the people and pays for that fire brigade. But there are fire stations scattered all over New York city from the Battery to the Bronx. If a fire should break out at the Battery they would not send the engines from the Bronx to put it out; they would send the engines that were nearest to where the fire originated. But the expense would fall upon the whole of the citizens of New York city because the expense of the fire brigade is paid by the citizens as a whole. If it becomes necessary in the defence of members of the League of Nations that various sister nations come to the rescue of a nation which is unjustly attacked, naturally the forces used will be the forces nearest the spot; but when it becomes necessary to determine how much the expedition cost the expense will be levied proportionately on all members of the League.

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