lunes, 27 de septiembre de 2010

A wise republican

Eisenhower warns the Americans about the military industrial complex.

Try to understand Eisenhower's warning message. It was his farewell address to the Nation. Pay special attention to the end of part one and the first half of the second. Why does Eisenhower worry about liberties? Where does the threat for those liberties come from?

In President and General Dwight David Eisenhower 's farewell Address to the Nation he warned Americans about the persistant threat to liberties by the "military industrial complex". This was the first known use of that expression.

Eisenhower on the use of the nuclear bomb:

here you have a letter Ike wrote to his brother concerning the use of the Atomic Bomb in Japan.

letter to his brother Edgar, November 8, 1954

"I voiced to him (Secretary of War Henry L. Stimson) my grave misgivings, first on the basis of my belief that Japan was already defeated and that dropping the (atomic)bomb was completely unnecessary, and secondly because I thought that our country should avoid shocking world opinion by the use of a weapon whose employment was, I thought, no longer mandatory as a measure to save American lives."



Why do the babies starve
When there's enough food to feed the world?
Why when there're so many of us
Are there people still alone?

Why are the missiles called peace keepers
When they're aimed to kill?
Why is a woman still not safe
When she's in her home?

Love is hate
War is peace
No is yes
And we're all free

But somebody's gonna have to answer
The time is coming soon

Amidst all these questions and contradictions
There're some who seek the truth

But somebody's gonna have to answer
The time is coming soon
When the blind remove their blinders
And the speechless speak the truth

Tracy Chapman

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