The capacity of human beings to think up new ways to kill one another proved inexhaustible, as did our capacity to exempt from mercy those who…[couldn’t afford it.]
I believe that force can be justified on humanitarian grounds…
I- like any head of state- reserve the right to act unilaterally if necessary to defend [the profits of the ruling classes].
Third, a just peace includes not only civil and political rights – it must encompass economic security and opportunity. For true peace is not just freedom from fear, but freedom from want.
It is undoubtedly true that development rarely takes root without security; it is also true that security does not exist where human beings do not have access to enough food, or clean water, or the medicine they need to survive. It does not exist where children cannot aspire to a decent education or a job that supports a family. The absence of hope can rot a society from within.
And that is why helping farmers feed their own people – or nations educate their children and care for the sick – is not mere charity.
Let me make one final point about the use of force…
–Obama’s Nobel speech on vaporizing the poorest innocents at home and abroad
Dec 17 2009