Dr. King's Nobel Prize acceptance speech in 1964
So man's proneness to engage in war is still a fact. But wisdom born of experience should tell us that war is obsolete. There may have been a time when war served as a negative good by preventing the spread and growth of an evil force, but the destructive power of modern weapons eliminated even the possibility that war may serve as a negative good. If we assume that life is worth living and that man has a right to survive, then we must find an alternative to war...So if modern man continues to flirt unhesitatingly with war, he will transform his earthly habitat into an inferno such as even the mind of Dante could not imagine.Barack Obama's Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech today: An homage to war
There will be times when nations -- acting individually or in concert -- will find the use of force not only necessary but morally justified...I begin with this point because in many countries there is a deep ambivalence about military action today, no matter what the cause. And at times, this is joined by a reflexive suspicion of America, the world's sole military superpower... The United States of America has helped underwrite global security for more than six decades with the blood of our citizens and the strength of our arms...So yes, the instruments of war do have a role to play in preserving the peace.Did they give it to the right guy?
As President Obama wrapped up his remarks at the acceptance of the Nobel Peace Prize Thursday, it's easy to imagine the members of the Nobel Committee saying to themselves, "wait – we gave it to that guy?"(Political Hotsheet)