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Young's Speech zeroes in on peace through strength

POSTED: January 16, 2009 4:56 p.m.
Ambassador Andrew Young didn’t hold back Wednesday as he addressed soldiers on Fort Stewart.
During a tribute to the legacy of Dr. Martin King Jr., one of Young’s closest friends, Young constantly reminded the audience that violence may not be the answer to the world’s problems.
“We have to find a way that is strong enough militarily that we can demand respect, and hopefully without firing a shot. That’s why you all are so important.”
Young used King’s example to describe what he thinks King’s dream means today as the rest of the world, through the latest technological advances, begins to want what Americans have.
“Martin Luther King used to use the image of people on the floor under a table. He would say that as long as they did not know what was going on at the top of the table they were comfortable with the scraps on the floor.
“But when they suddenly realize that there is a banquet going on at the top of the table, and that there are more of them on the floor than there is at the table, pretty soon they are going to turn over the table … that’s where you come in, because it’s not a perfect world, and because the rising tide of expectations has made it a dangerous world … somehow we have to have a means of stabilizing enough growth and prosperity so that everybody can share in it.,” he told the soldiers.
“We’ve got to find a way to find peace in the world,” he added.
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