“I came here tonight to be congratulated. But today when I visited the Red Cross camps, overwhelmed by the flood of refugees fleeing from the horror of Kazakhstan, I realized I don’t deserve to be congratulated. None of us do. Let’s speak the truth. And the truth is, we acted too late. Only when our own national security was threatened did we act.
“Radek’s regime murdered over 200,000 men, women, and children, and we watched it on TV. We let it happen. People were being slaughtered for over a year and we issued economic sanctions and hid behind a rhetoric of diplomacy.
“How dare we? The dead remember. Real peace is not just the absence of conflict, it’s the presence of justice.
“And tonight, I come to you with a pledge to change America’s policy. Never again will I allow our political self-interests to deter us from doing what we know to be morally right. Atrocity and terror are not political weapons and to those who would use them, your day is over. We will never negotiate. We will no longer tolerate, and we will no longer be afraid. It’s your turn to be afraid.”
Stephen’s been enjoying quite a few movies over the past few days of being sick, and one of them was Air Force One. This speech is given at the beginning of the movie by the US President, played by the wonderful Harrison Ford, and it got us thinking about Burma. We just thought it was interesting to see the similarities: the refugee camps, the economic sanctions, the letting it happen. We predict it will probably play out same, where the world will remain uninvolved until they feel threatened themselves.
We also decided it was a pretty convincing movie, and we’d probably vote for Harrison Ford if he ran.