Heroic officers of the army, the navy, the air force
and the strategic rocket unit of our country,
and officers of Internal Security Forces;
members of the Worker-Peasant Red Guards and the Young Red Guards;
working people of the entire country and citizens;
the people in the South and overseas compatriots;
I come from Sweden and back there it’s almost the same problem as here,
that nothing is being done to stop an ecological crisis
despite all the beautiful words and promises.
We are now facing an existential crisis,
the climate crisis and ecological crisis
which have never been treated as crises before,
they have been ignored for decades.
And for way too long the politicians
and the people in power have gotten away with not doing anything at all
to fight the climate crisis and the ecological crisis.
We will make sure that politicians will not get away with it for any longer.
To arms, then, all of you! all of you!
And the oppressors and the mighty shall disappear like dust.
You, too, women, cast away all the cowards from your embraces;
they will give you only cowards for children,
and you who are the daughters of the land of beauty must bear children
who are noble and brave.
Let timid doctrinaires depart from among us
to carry their servility and their miserable fears elsewhere.
This people is its own master.
It wishes to be the brother of other people,
but to look on the insolent with a proud glance,
not to grovel before them imploring its own freedom.
It will no longer follow in the trail of men whose hearts are foul.
No! No! No!
As Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy,
I have directed that all measures be taken for our defense.
But always will our whole nation remember the character
of the onslaught against us.
No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion,
the American people in their righteous might will win
through to absolute victory.
I believe that I interpret the will of the Congress and of the people
when I assert that we will not only defend ourselves to the uttermost,
but will make it very certain that this form of treachery
shall never again endanger us.
There is no blinking at the fact that our people,
our territory, and our interests are in grave danger.
With confidence in our armed forces,
with the unbounding determination of our people,
we will gain the inevitable triumph—
so help us God.
This then is my proposal, and this I move.
If the proposal is carried out,
I think that even now the state of our affairs may be remedied.
But if any one has a better proposal to make,
let him make it, and give us his advice.
And I pray to all the gods
that whatever be the decision that you are about to make,
it may be for your good.