By Ron Paul
I think the thing that I admire the most about Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. is that he preached non-violent civil disobedience. Most people will not talk about Rev. King's anti-war views, and it may have been one of the reasons that he was assassinated.
In honor of Rev. King's birthday, I'd like to share some heroic quotes of his against the American military empire:
- "The greatest purveyor of violence in the world today is my own government."
- "We must pursue peaceful end through peaceful means."
- "We all have to be concerned about terrorism, but you will never end terrorism by terrorizing others."
- "Wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows."
- "Nothing good ever comes of violence."
- "The chain reaction of evil--wars producing more wars -- must be broken, or we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation."
- "We must concentrate not merely on the negative expulsion of war but the postive affirmation of peace."
- "I have condemned any organizer of war, regardless of his rank or nationality."
- "Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal."
- "God didn't call America to do what she's doing in the world now. God didn't call America to engage in a senseless, unjust war as the war in Vietnam. And we are criminals in that war. We've committed more war crimes almost than any nation in the world, and I'm going to continue to say it. And we won't stop it because of our pride and our arrogance as a nation."
(h/t - Antiwar.com)