Thursday, June 26, 2008

Today, as we stand on the precipice of war with Iran, we would do well to remember...

... this day, forty-five years ago today, on June 26, 1963, when President John F. Kennedy stood before the Berlin Wall and delivered his famous "Ich bin ein Berliner" (I am a Berliner) speech, to the cheer of more than one-million West Berliners, chanting "Ken-ne-dy! Ken-ne-dy!"

Below is an excerpt from this 8-minute speech, but to really understand how powerfully felt was his stand of solidarity with the West Berliners, you really need to hear and see Kennedy's speech:

Freedom is indivisible, and when one man is enslaved, all are not free. When all are free, then we look -- can look forward to that day when this city will be joined as one and this country and this great Continent of Europe in a peaceful and hopeful globe. When that day finally comes, as it will, the people of West Berlin can take sober satisfaction in the fact that they were in the front lines for almost two decades.

What better day, than today, to be mindful of the potential we now hold, as a nation, to elect a leader who is already drawing cheers, millions-strong, from citizens around the world who hope -- as we do -- that, one day soon, they may be able to stand again in solidarity with the United States?

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