Quotable: JFK on war and peace

“Foreign policy today, irrespective of what we might wish, in its impact upon our daily lives, overshadows everything else. Expenditures, taxation, domestic prosperity, the extent of social services–all hinge on the basic issue of war and peace.”

–John F. Kennedy, campaign speech, 1951.

“It is unfortunate that unity for war against a common aggressor is far easier to obtain than unity for peace.”

–JFK, May 4, 1945 (on the formation of the United Nations)

“War will exist until that distant day when the conscientious objector enjoys the same reputation and prestige that the warrior does today.”

–JFK, letter to a PT-109 shipmate, May 1945, during the United Nations conference in San Francisco.

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