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Pax Americana

John F. Kennedy

American University Commencement Address

delivered 10 June 1963

"I have, therefore, chosen this time and place to discuss a topic on which ignorance too often abounds and the truth too rarely perceived. And that is the most important topic on earth: peace. What kind of peace do I mean and what kind of a peace do we seek? 

Not a Pax Americana enforced on the world by American weapons of war. Not the peace of the grave or the security of the slave. I am talking about genuine peace, the kind of peace that makes life on earth worth living, and the kind that enables men and nations to grow, and to hope, and build a better life for their children -- not merely peace for Americans but peace for all men and women, not merely peace in our time but peace in all time."

http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/jfkamericanuniversityaddress.html

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"According to Putin, the memorial is not only “a tribute to the great deeds,” but also a warning that “this peace is fragile.”

“And we have to guard peace. And remember that the most valuable thing on Earth is a peaceful and quiet life,” he added.

Numerous examples in world history show “what a terrible price” is paid if human rights and liberties are violated for the sake of serving vested interests.

“Humankind should grasp one truth: violence generates violence. And the way to peace and prosperity is made up of good will and dialogue, and the memory of the lessons of the last wars.”

http://rt.com/news/177300-putin-world-war-ambitions/

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