Many speeches are made, men of Athens,
at almost every meeting of the Assembly,
with reference to the aggressions which Philip has been committing,
ever since he concluded the Peace, not only against yourselves
but against all other people. […]
It is a strange thing, perhaps, that I am about to say, but it is true.
The worst feature in the past is that in which lies our best hope for the future.
And what is this? It is that you are in your present plight
because you do not do any part of your duty, small or great;
for of course, if you were doing all that you should do,
and were still in this evil case, you could not even hope for any improvement. […]
For the second time in the lives of most of us we are at war.
Over and over again we have tried to find a peaceful way
out of the differences between ourselves and those who are now our enemies.
But it has been in vain.
We have been forced into a conflict.
For we are called, with our allies,
to meet the challenge of a principle which, if it were to prevail,
would be fatal to any civilized order in the world.
There is no doubt that our enemy cannot sustain such a strain for long.
Another few months, another half-year, perhaps another year,
and Hitlerite Germany must burst under the pressure of her crimes.
today we are standing at the watershed of history,
when a new chuch’e century begins.
More than any other time, this is precisely a responsible
and important period when we who have learned the revolution.[…]
To safeguard the dignity and sovereignty of our Republic
like an iron wall and defend true peace and the country’s security,
all the officers and men of the people’s army
must firmly guarantee with the gun barrel,
our party’s cause of building a powerful state
at a full combat mobilization posture
without losing their revolutionary true character any time.[…]
This is a choice between right and wrong, justice and injustice.
This is about whether we fulfill our sacred duty
to the American citizens we serve.
When I took the oath of office, I swore to protect our country.
And that is what I will always do, so help me God.
Thank you and goodnight.