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George Bush and Martin Luther King: compare and contrast

16 January 2004

To the rousing tune of hundreds of protesters shouting their objections, President Bush has laid a wreath at the tomb of Martin Luther King Jr., to mark the 75th birthday of the murdered civil rights leader.

The only other sound to be heard above the chants of "Go home, Bush - go home, Bush" was the eerie, high-pitched humming sound of Martin Luther King's body reaching 2000 revolutions per second in his grave.

It was a real meeting of minds...

MLK: "The reason I can't follow the old eye-for-an-eye philosophy is that it ends up leaving everyone blind."

GB: "If affirmative action means what I just described, what I'm for, then I'm for it."

MLK: "I want to say one other challenge that we face is simply that we must find an alternative to war and bloodshed. Anyone who feels, and there are still a lot of people who feel that way, that war can solve the social problems facing mankind is sleeping through a great revolution. President Kennedy said on one occasion, 'Mankind must put an end to war or war will put an end to mankind.' The world must hear this. I pray God that America will hear this before it is too late, because today we're fighting a war. I am convinced that it is one of the most unjust wars that has ever been fought in the history of the world."

GB: "We'll let our friends be the peacekeepers and the great country called America will be the pacemakers."

MLK: "The leaders of the world today talk eloquently about peace. Every time we drop our bombs in North Vietnam, President Johnson talks eloquently about peace. What is the problem? They are talking about peace as a distant goal, as an end we seek, but one day we must come to see that peace is not merely a distant goal we seek, but that it is a means by which we arrive at that goal. We must pursue peaceful ends through peaceful means. All of this is saying that, in the final analysis, means and ends must cohere because the end is pre-existent in the means, and ultimately destructive means cannot bring about constructive ends."

GB: "We cannot let terriers and rogue nations hold this nation hostile or hold our allies hostile."

Amen to that.



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