"Now let's set the record straight. There's no argument over the choice between
peace and war, but there's only one guaranteed way you can have peaceand you can
have it in the next secondsurrender.
Admittedly, there's a risk in any course we follow other than this, but every le
sson of history tells us that the greater risk lies in appeasement, and this is
the specter our well-meaning liberal friends refuse to facethat their policy of a
ccommodation is appeasement, and it gives no choice between peace and war, only
between fight or surrender. If we continue to accommodate, continue to back and
retreat, eventually we have to face the final demandthe ultimatum. And what thenwh
en Nikita Khrushchev has told his people he knows what our answer will be? He ha
s told them that we're retreating under the pressure of the Cold War, and someda
y when the time comes to deliver the final ultimatum, our surrender will be volu
ntary, because by that time we will have been weakened from within spiritually,
morally, and economically. He believes this because from our side he's heard voi
ces pleading for "peace at any price" or "better Red than dead," or as one comme
ntator put it, he'd rather "live on his knees than die on his feet." And therein
lies the road to war, because those voices don't speak for the rest of us.
You and I know and do not believe that life is so dear and peace so sweet as to
be purchased at the price of chains and slavery. If nothing in life is worth dyi
ng for, when did this beginjust in the face of this enemy? Or should Moses have t
old the children of Israel to live in slavery under the pharaohs? Should Christ
have refused the cross? Should the patriots at Concord Bridge have thrown down t
heir guns and refused to fire the shot heard 'round the world? The martyrs of hi
story were not fools, and our honored dead who gave their lives to stop the adva
nce of the Nazis didn't die in vain. Where, then, is the road to peace? Well it'
s a simple answer after all.
You and I have the courage to say to our enemies, "There is a price we will not
pay." "There is a point beyond which they must not advance." Winston Churchill s
aid, "The destiny of man is not measured by material computations. When great fo
rces are on the move in the world, we learn we're spiritsnot animals." And he sai
d, "There's something going on in time and space, and beyond time and space, whi
ch, whether we like it or not, spells duty."
You and I have a rendezvous with destiny.
We'll preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we'
ll sentence them to take the last step into a thousand years of darkness."