(Relax note: [Johnny, we knew ye well enough and we loved ye dearly.] Peace is not impossible, still. It just has to be wanted more than it’s not. When we eldsters speak of what could’ve been, it’s because of JFK’s America — and his worldview as President. And because of his successful initiatives. I’m particularly thankful for the transcript, as my tablet freezes up after 3 minutes or so of viewing videotape, but go to the link and listen to the video if you can. There’s so much life in it, so much hope — and so much respect. For everyone.)
JFK’s Turning Point: American University Peace Speech, June 1963. Text.
SH Note: JFK began as a hawk. But the Cuban Missle crisis in 1962 brought the world a trigger-hair away from the end of civilization as we know it. According to James Douglass and many other scholars, this made both JFK and Khrushchev tremble for what had very nearly happened. And it was the generals both here and in the Soviet Union who thought a First Strike just might give their side the slight edge. General Curtis Lemay even argued that we should accept very high casualties in this risk. Kennedy thought he was mad and, with Khrushchev, sought through hair-raising negotiations to avert the ultimate disaster.
When it was over all the protagonists knew this must never be allowed to happen again. JFK delivered his American University Peace speech just months before he was cut down. And he sought…
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