Quotation by Woodrow Wilson

The great war that broke so suddenly upon the world two years ago, and which has swept up within its flame so great a part of the civilized world, has affected us very profoundly.... With its causes and its objects we are not concerned. The obscure fountains from which its stupendous flood has burst we are not interested to search for or explore.
Woodrow Wilson (1856–1924), U.S. president. Address before the League to Enforce Peace (May 27, 1915).

Wilson in this important speech was speaking as an historian more than as a diplomatist. His equating the "objects" for which the two sides were fighting infuriated the allied powers.
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