─ Eisenhower 1961 ─
Only a tragic 'death wish' prevents us from
reordering our priorities in pursuit of peace ─ King 1967 ─
Excerpts from former President Dwight David Eisenhower’s Farewell address and
Dr. Martin Luther King’s dissent on the Vietnam War; minor formatting, editing by Carolyn Bennett
“During the long lane of the history yet to be written, America knows that this world of ours, ever growing smaller, must avoid becoming a community of dreadful fear and hate, and be, instead, a proud confederation of mutual trust and respect.
“A true revolution of values will lay hand on the world order and say of war ─ ‘This way of settling differences is not just.’
“This business of burning human beings with napalm, of filling our nation’s homes with orphans and widows, of injecting poisonous drugs of hate into the veins of peoples normally humane, of sending men home from dark and bloody battlefields physically handicapped and psychologically deranged, cannot be reconciled with wisdom, justice, and love.”
Previous long war against Southeast Asia
of War Creating, recreating, protracting self-fulfilling prophesy ─ 'the poor'
“…We encouraged [the French] with our huge financial and military supplies to continue the war even after they had lost the will. Soon we would be paying almost the full costs of this tragic attempt at re-colonization.”
“… We are led down the path of protest and dissent, working for the health of our land.… [No] one who has any concern for the integrity and life of America today can ignore the present war. … I speak as one who loves America, to the leaders of our own nation: The great initiative in this war is ours; the initiative to stop it must be ours.”
Martin Luther King, Jr., “Beyond Vietnam -- A Time to Break Silence” (Declaration against the Vietnam War), delivered April 4, 1967, at a meeting of Clergy and Laity Concerned at Riverside Church, New York City. Estate of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, Intellectual Properties Management, One Freedom Plaza 449 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30312, Fax: 404-526-8969 , Top 100 American Speeches, Online Speech Bank, © Copyright 2001-2009, American Rhetoric, HTML transcription by Michael E. Eidenmuller, All rights reserved. http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/mlkatimetobreaksilence.htm. [Martin] Luther King, JrMichael. was a Baptist minister and social activist who led the U.S. civil rights movement from the mid-1950s until his death by assassination in 1968.
originally Posted on Bennett's Column December 127, 2009