Sunday, 29 June 2008


Robert McNamara said about the speech which President Kennedy delivered at American University on June 10th 1963 - "Most of you, probably all of you, have never read it, never heard it. Please read it. It's one of the great documents of the twentieth century"

Khrushchev praised the speech as the "best statement made by any president since Roosevelt". Robert Dallek and Terry Golway commented - "While the speech will seem visionary when read and heard in the twentieth century, Kennedy knew that he risked criticism at home from those who would see it as too conciliatory and even defeatest. He decided it was a risk worth taking"
The final words of the speech bear repeating -
"This generation of Americans has already had enough--more than enough--of war and hate and oppression. We shall be prepared if others wish it. We shall be alert to try to stop it. But we shall also do our part to build a world of peace where the weak are safe and the strong are just. We are not helpless before that task or hopeless of its success. Confident and unafraid, we labor on--not toward a strategy of annihilation but toward a strategy of peace."


John said...

Good speech, but dated and some references are now obsolete, such as the Soviet Union.
However, that aside, the concept of peace and conciliation are as true today as was the case when the Cold War existed.
Remarkably, as each generation fades, their successors fail to recognize the personal sacrifices made and individual liberties won to ensure universal freedom for all, to the point where now indifference becomes perceived as a lack of respect.
We should all remember that the Human Race is nothing more than a cake consisting of congealed crumbs of divided humnanity; and as the Brotherhood of Man would remind us there are two halves, "United we stand, divided we fall"
What's your choice?

J David Morgan said...

Thanks for that very valuable comment