Neutrality with a Vengeance.
We see it stated that the Yankee Government
has made a large contract for arms with certain English manufacturers, to be delivered within a certain time, provided, in the interval, war does not break out between the two countries.
As there is no probability that the contingency provided against will happen, the bargain may be considered as closed.
The arms will be delivered to the Yankees
, and they will kill as many ‘"rebels"’ with them as they can. As our coast is blockaded, and we have no navy, the Yankees
have it all their own way. This may be neutrality, for aught we know to the contrary, but to us it seems a very strange kind of neutrality.
The next thing to killing a man one's self we take to be giving a third person a weapon to kill him with.
When a murder takes place under such circumstances, in ordinary life, the principal is first hung and then the party giving the weapon is indicted as an accessory.
The old United States
at one time made heavy complaints against the British Government
because British subjects were in the habit of selling firearms to the Indians upon the borders.
It was for that offence, as well as we recollect, and for the further crime of instigating them to make war upon the while inhabitants, that General Jackson
We can see but little difference between the two cases, except that we are already engaged in war.
This so-called neutrality of Great Britain
is quite as oppressive to us as would be a formal war. It has the effect of depriving us entirely of those munitions of war which she furnishes in profusion to our enemy, who are already enormously superior to us in that particular.
If the British Government
were disposed to observe a real
neutrality, it would take steps to prevent the Yankees
from being furnished with what we cannot obtain.
It would forbid the exportation of arms by either party.
It would allow nothing which would give to one advantages which the other did not possess.
When it promised neutrality, it would take care that neither party should profit by it to the detriment of another.
A neutrality which destroys one belligerent while it is of infinite benefit to the other, is very much like war upon the injured party.