Oil and the Future of League of Nations Sanctions
Premier Mussolini's defiant attitude toward the proposed application of an oil sanction against his country has made abundantly clear where lies Italy's point of greatest vulnerability. At the same time, it has placed the League of Nations in the unenviable position of having to decide whether it will restrict the sanctions program to the present comparatively ineffective limits, thus foregoing any serious attempt to bring a halt to Italian-Ethiopian hostilities by methods consistent with the principles of the Covenant, or whether it will proceed with a logical extension of the sanctions policy at the risk of armed resistance by Italy. The ill-starred Hoare-Laval plan of settlement was projected in an effort to avoid this dilemma. Now ...