he 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. ... 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. "This isn't Indymedia
, Attac or some dreamers. It was Dwight D. Eisenhower
back in 1953. Something went pretty wrong afterwards (via Davos Newbies
Reminds me once more of JM Simmel
's latest Book (Die Bienen sind verrueckt geworden), which is a collection of different works, and ends in an amazing essay. He expresses how mankind disappointed him (...), and states that the chances for peace, as well as amazing visions where there so often. Only to be wasted in most cases. Damn, guess we're all together too stupid.