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PEACE THROUGH STRENGTH – ‘We can ensure peace only so long as we remain strong.’-Harry Truman via American Minute

By Bill Federer
On OCTOBER 23, 1945, President Harry Truman addressed a Joint Session of Congress:”The United States now has a fighting strength greater than at any other time in our history…greater than that of any other nation in the world…

We are strong because of the courage…of a liberty loving people who are determined that this nation shall remain forever free…

We intend to use all our moral influence and all our physical strength to work for that kind of peace.

We can ensure such a peace only so long as we remain strong. We must face the fact that peace must be built upon power, as well as upon good will and good deeds…”

Truman continued:

It is only by strength that we can impress the fact upon possible future aggressors that we will tolerate no threat to peace or liberty…

In any future war, the heart of the United States would be the enemy’s first target.

Our geographical security is now gone–gone with the advent of the robot bomb, the rocket, aircraft carriers and modern airborne armies.

The surest guaranty that no nation will dare again to attack us is to remain strong in the only kind of strength an aggressor understands–military power…

The moral and spiritual welfare of our young people should be a consideration of prime importance, and, of course, facilities for worship in every faith should be available.”

On OCTOBER 23, 1960, John F. Kennedy stated at a Commemorative Concert:

“Americans will never…recognize Soviet domination of Hungary.

Hungary’s claim to independence and liberty is not based on sentiment or politics. It is deeply rooted in history, in culture and in law.

No matter what sort of puppet government they may maintain, we do not mean to see that claim abandoned.

Americans intend to hasten…the day when the men and women of Hungary will stand again in freedom and justice.”

Twenty-nine years later, on OCTOBER 23, 1989, the communist Hungarian People’s Republic officially ended, being replaced by the Hungarian Republic.

On OCTOBER 23, 1985, President Ronald Reagan stated:

“OCTOBER 23 is the second anniversary of the date on which the largest number of Americans was killed in a single act of terrorism —

the bombing of the United States compound in Beirut, Lebanon…in which 241 United States servicemen lost their lives.

These brave soldiers died defending our cherished ideals of freedom and peace. It is appropriate that we honor these men and all other victims of terrorism.”

On March 20, 1981, at the Conservative Political Action Conference Dinner, Mayflower Hotel, Washington, DC, Ronald Reagan stated:

“Evil is powerless if the good are unafraid.”

On October 27, 1964, Ronald Reagan stated:

“Khrushchev has told his people…we are retreating under the pressure of the Cold War, and someday when the time comes…our surrender will be voluntary because by that time we will have been weakened from within spiritually, morally, and economically….”

Reagan continued:

“You and I…do not believe that life is so dear and peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery…

Should Moses have told the children of Israel to live in slavery under the pharaohs? Should Christ have refused the cross?

Should the patriots at Concord Bridge have thrown down their guns and refused to fire the shot heard ’round the world?

The martyrs of history were not fools, and our honored deadwho gave their lives to stop the advance of the Nazis didn’t die in vain.”

Reagan concluded:

“Where, then, is the road to peace? Well, it’s a simple answer after all.

You and I have the courage to say to our enemies,

“There is a price we will not pay.” There is a point beyond which they must not advance.”

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2 responses

  1. I too am all for peace but I disagree that peace can be kept by force. Killing people of other nations to bring peace is illogical, immoral and history proves that it doesn’t work. An uprising can be put down by force but its not gone. I also disagree that the USA is a strong country, its constantly looking for a fight just to prove that its powerful but it has never helped. WW1 would have been over so much sooner if the USA hadn’t got into the war, the same is true of many other wars.

    October 27, 2013 at 12:33 am

    • It is easy to look back in history and say that we were wrong, and sometimes we were. But sometimes situations were forced upon us and staying out of something is not an option. It would be nice if the whole world and all the people in it were peaceful, there would be no war. To blame the US for everything is totally unreasonable. If the US had stayed out, things might have just as easily wound up worse for the rest of the world. Peace through strength, whether you agree or not, is much more viable that silence. Unless you are an idiot, you are not likely to attack someone with a bigger stick than you have, it simply isn’t logical. Look around today at people that get attacked, it isn’t usually someone that can defend themselves, it is those who are defenseless. I won’t argue that there were times we should not get involved. For the most part, I too, feel we should not. But there is a difference in having the force at hand to use if needed, and using it indiscriminately. Thank you for your comment and God bless you!

      October 27, 2013 at 2:17 am