Friday, April 17, 2015

April 17, 1968

RFK in Portland, Oregon, April 17, 1968

“To many of our traditional allies and neutral friends, 
we behaved as a Superpower ignoring our own historical 
commitment to a ‘decent respect for the opinions of 
mankind.’ The toughest guy in town can appoint 
himself sheriff and if he has enough ammunition 
he may keep himself sheriff and if he has enough 
ammunition he may keep the office for a long time, 
but his control will depend upon fear—and fear is 
not acceptable to us or the world as the basis of law 
and order. Our great strength—moral, political, 
economic, and military—must be used to seek peace 
with justice, to secure peace without fear.”

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