DR. WESTON B. ESTES
that we should do all that we can, and more, not only because of the
lives which undoubtedly will be saved but on account of the fact that
these people are looking to us as the last hope that they have in the
world, and we should not fail them.
And so I say to you, help in every way that you can, but see to
it that in your help you will utilize those channels which are above
suspicion in their attitude toward Soviet Russia and the camouflaged
destructive principles which it represents. In looking over this field
I feel certain that there is only one organization which is to be trusted
with American relief, and with American money, and this is the American Relief Commission of which the head is Mr. Hoover. In almost
every instance, as evidenced by the present position of the Joint Distribution Committee, whose affairs are being administered by the
communists in Moscow, and the Nansen Fund, whose distribution
was largely accomplished through German communists, these organizations are tinged and infiltrated with friendship for a system with
which we must have nothing to do.
Mr. Hoover's organization is not only honest and efficient, but
of all things it is what none others are, non-sectarian from a religious
or racial standpoint.
What is to be the end of this political morass of Russia? I do
not know. The best of the Russians with whom I have talked and
the most intelligent, are universally of the belief that outside influence
only coalesces the national Russian spirit and provides suitable excuse
for the present regime to sit still tighter in the saddle. I feel that they
must work out their own salvation and that no armed intervention
from outside sources will do anything but damage and add to their woe.
On the other hand, shall we, a free and enlightened people, knowing full well and with a hyper-intelligence, viewing the trend of
events—shall we make no effort to stem an influence which eventually
will engulf all civilized countries, I believe not. Russia will have
to care for herself in a military sense and in a political sense, but our
helpfulness in their need must be ever at her command, with a steady
sympathy always ready to find expression in acts. Food and supplies
will push them to their feet, and they will take care of themselves.
I fear prophecy and therefore will make none. The factors at
work are so multiple, so antagonistic in the present situation that it
would be impossible to trace coming events with any precision. My
personal belief, pessimistic as it is, is that much more blood will be
shed in Russia before a stable and equitable government is organized.
Nor would I confine this bloodshed to Russia. It is a grave question
in my mind whether we shall not yet again see another great world
war, if Russia's future is not soon settled, not as a province of the
German Empire but as a free and independent State.
Yet there is a brighter side to the picture. By education, counter-
propaganda, by word of mouth, even when suppressed as printed
words, people are learning the true significance of the Russian revolution, and in the future I am sure the events which have happened
between October, 1917, and the present time, will be used in our educational institutions, as have in the past, the events of the French
Revolution, as examples of great mass reactions of our times.