Rants & Essays

MacArthur's Speech

World War II has closed and standing aboard a battleship that was anchored in Tokyo Bay was American General Douglas MacArthur. He awaited the unconditional surrender of the forces of Imperial Japan. But the general was far from happy, for he was a wise man and knew much of battle. He fired upon enemies as they fired upon him and he has seen the destructiveness of war and has come to recognize a world-affecting dilemma. The dilemma of Armageddon. And it is our own hands that help tighten the clenching fist of world destruction with clashes and wars. Aye, General MacArthur was a wise man…


"Men since the beginning of time have sought peace. Various methods through the ages have been attempted to devise an international process to prevent or settle disputes between nations…military alliances, balances of power, leagues of nations, all in turn failed, leaving the only path to be by way of the crucible of war. The utter destructiveness of war now blots out this alternative. We have had our last chance. If we will not devise some greater and more equitable system, Armageddon will be at the door. The problem basically is theological and involves a spiritual recrudescence and improvement of human character that will synchronize with our almost matchless advances in science, art, literature and all material and cultural developments of the past 2,000 years.

"It must be of the spirit if we are to save the flesh."

-General Douglas MacArthur-