Monday, January 16, 2006

Martin Luther King and the War

Juan Cole has a great post up today considering what King's positions might have been on the Iraq war. Back in 1967 the United States was, as it is now, engaged in an illegal war of aggression and public support for the war had been declining. Nevertheless when King, who had won the Nobel Peace Prize, spoke out against the war, many liberals who had supported him when the targets of his activities were Southern racists suddenly decided that he was stepping out of his place, and the moral force of his arguments could not be applied to American foreign policy.

In this post Juan Cole examines the positions King set out in his 1967 speech opposing the Vietnam War and applies them to the current conflict. It's definitely worth a look.

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