Chapter 23 » 23.87

Friends and state authority

After the bombardment of Alexandria in 1882, John Bright, in explaining his resignation from the government, said to the Commons:

The House knows that for forty years at least I have endeavoured to teach my countrymen an opinion and doctrine which I hold, namely, that the moral law is intended not for individual life only, but for the life and practice of States in their dealing with one another. I think that in the present case there has been a manifest violation both of International Law and of the moral law, and therefore it is impossible for me to give my support to it.

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