Wednesday, 1 December 1999

From "Aid or Development?"

By Willem Gustaaf Zeylstra, p. 26.

This idealism [expressed in Bretton Woods and San Francisco] was not a response to extraneous impulses but was a reaction to Western experience. In so far as it contained an element of altruism, the latter had not been an answer to supplications from the outside for assistance, but was inspired by a growing awareness of responsibility for the state of the world at large. The immense suffering the war had caused and the sacrifices that were the price of victory simply had to have a meaning. Moreover, this time the end of the war should bring lasting peace, to be secured by eliminating all possible causes of future international friction. As early as 1944, the Allied Powers, wishing to demonstrate their cenfidence that complete victory would soon be theirs and would be won for a worthy cause, prompted them to meet in Bretton Woods to agree on the preparations necessary to produce a better world at the war's end.

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