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Douglas MacArthur – Today the guns are silent

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Douglas MacArthurToday the guns are silent. A great tragedy has ended. A great victory has been won. The skies no longer rain with death — the seas bear only commerce — men everywhere walk upright in the sunlight. The entire world lies quietly at peace. The holy mission has been completed. And in reporting this to you, the people, I speak for the thousands of silent lips, forever stilled among the jungles and the beaches and in the deep waters of the Pacific which marked the way.

Douglas MacArthur   (1880-1964)

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Bernard Baruch – Choice between quick and dead

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Bernard BaruchMy fellow citizens of the world, we are here to make a choice between the quick and the
dead. . .Behind the black portent of the new atomic age lies a hope which, seized upon with
faith, can work our salvation. . .We must elect world peace or world destruction.

Bernard Baruch   (1870-1965)
speech to the United Nations

Thomas Paine – The balance of power

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Thomas PaineThe supposed quietude of a good man allures the ruffian; while on the other hand, arms, like laws, discourage and keep the invader and the plunderer in awe, and preserve order in the world as well as property. The balance of power is the scale of peace. The same balance would be preserved were all the world destitute of arms, for all would be alike; but since some will not, others dare not lay them aside. And while a single nation refuses to lay them down, it is proper that all should keep them up. Horrid mischief would ensue were one-half the world deprived of the use of them; for while avarice and ambition have a place in the heart of man, the weak will become a prey to the strong. The history of every age and nation establishes these truths, and facts need but little arguments when they prove themselves.

Thomas Paine   (1737-1809)

Dwight Eisenhower – America’s aspirations for the world

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Dwight EisenhowerTo all the peoples of the world, I once more give expression to America’s prayerful and continuing aspiration: We pray that peoples of all faiths, all races, all nations, may have their great human needs satisfied; that those now denied opportunity shall come to enjoy it to the full; that all who yearn for freedom may experience its spiritual blessings; that those who have freedom will understand, also, its heavy responsibilities; that all who are insensitive to the needs of others will learn charity; that the scourges of poverty, disease and ignorance will be made to disappear from the earth, and that, in the goodness of time, all peoples will come to live together in a peace guaranteed by the binding force of mutual respect and love.

Dwight Eisenhower   (1890-1969)

Bernard Baruch – In the midst of a cold war

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Bernard BaruchLet us not be deceived — we are today in the midst of a cold war. Our enemies are to be
found abroad and at home. Let us never forget this: Our unrest is the heart of their success. The peace of the world is the hope and the goal of our political system; it is the despair and
defeat of those who stand against us.

Bernard Baruch   (1870-1965)

Mahatma Gandhi – The democracy I envision

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Mahatma GandhiIn the democracy which I have envisaged, a democracy established by non-violence, there will be equal freedom for all. Everybody will be his own master. It is to join a struggle for such democracy that I invite you today. Once you realize this you will forget the differences between the Hindus and Muslims, and think of yourselves as Indians only, engaged in the common struggle for independence.

Mahatma Gandhi   (1869-1948)

Douglas MacArthur – Duty, Honor, Country.

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Douglas MacArthurThe Long Gray Line has never failed us. Were you to do so, a million ghosts in olive drab, in brown khaki, in blue and gray, would rise from their white crosses thundering those magic words: Duty, Honor, Country.

This does not mean that you are war mongers.

On the contrary, the soldier, above all other people, prays for peace, for he must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war.

Douglas MacArthur   (1880-1964)