[saymaListserv] Fw: Eisenhower, 1953

Mary Calhoun moriah at preferred.com
Fri Mar 15 14:25:38 JEST 2002


A timely message from the electronic grapevine.

The original sender said, "To mark today's 50th wedding anniversary of
Nancy and Ronald Reagan, may I share an editorial that appeared last
month in The Guardian in England. They simply reprinted a speech by a
former American (Republican) President, General Dwight David Eisenhower.
He said these words in l953. It appeared without comment on February 15,



Mary Calhoun
Foxfire FM

----- Original Message -----

"The way chosen by the United States was plainly marked by a few clear
precepts, which govern its conduct in world affairs. First: no people on
earth can be held, as a people, to be an enemy, for all humanity shares
the common hunger for peace and fellowship and justice. Second: no
nation's security and well-being can be lastingly achieved in isolation
but only in effective cooperation with fellow-nations. Third: any
nation's right to a form of government and an economic system of its own
choosing is
inalienable. Fourth: any nation's attempt to dictate other nations their
form of government is indefensible. And fifth: a nation's hope of
lasting peace cannot be firmly based upon any race in armaments but
rather upon just relations and honest
understanding with all other nations.

"In the light of these principles the citizens of the United States
defined the way they proposed to follow, through the aftermath of war,
toward true peace. This way was faithful to the spirit that inspired the
United Nations: to prohibit strife, to relieve tensions, to banish
fears. This way was to control and to reduce armaments. This way was to
allow all nations to devote their energies and resources to the great
and good tasks of healing the war's wounds, of clothing and feeding and
housing the needy, of perfecting a just political life, of enjoying the
fruits of their own free toil.

"Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired
signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not
fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.  This world in arms is not
spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its labourers, the
genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. The cost of one
modern heavy bomber is this: a modern brick school in more than 30
cities. It is two electric power plants, each serving a town of 60,000
population.  It is two fine, fully equipped hospitals. It is some 50
miles of concrete highway. We pay for a single fighter with a half
million bushels of wheat. We pay for a single destroyer with new homes
that could have housed more than 8,000 people. This, I repeat, is the
best way of life to be found on the road the world has been taking. This
is not a way of life at all, in any true sense.  Under the cloud of
threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron."

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