For many years, I did my best to report on the issues of the day in as objective a manner as possible. When I had my own strong opinions, I tried not to communicate them to my audience. Now, however, my circumstances are different. I am in a position to speak my mind, and that is what I propose to do.
I believe that the first priority of humankind in this era is to establish an effective system of world law that will assure peace with justice among the peoples of the world.
Those of us living today can influence the future of civilization. We can influence whether our planet will drift into chaos and violence, or whether, through a monumental educational and political effort, we will achieve a world of peace under a system of law wherein individual violators of that law are brought to justice.
For how many thousands of years now have we humans insisted on calling ourselves “civilized?” And yet, we persist in the savage belief that we must — occasionally, at least — settle our arguments by killing one another.
While we spend much of our time and a great deal of our treasure preparing for war, we see no comparable effort to establish a lasting peace. Those advocates who work for world peace by urging a system of world government are called impractical dreamers. Those “impractical dreamers” are entitled to ask, “What is so practical about war?”
It seems to many of us that, if we are to avoid the eventual catastrophic world conflict, we must strengthen the United Nations as a first step toward a world government — with a legislature, executive and judiciary and police to enforce its international laws. To do that, of course, we Americans will have to yield some of our sovereignty. It would take a lot of courage. But the American colonies did it once and brought forth one of the most nearly perfect unions the world has ever seen.
— Walter Cronkite, “The Case for Democratic World Government”, Earth Island Journal, Summer, 2000
“Walter was, what he stood for, the beacon he sent out was, ‘Straight news reporting.'”
— Dan Rather, speaking with Chris Matthews, on Monday’s edition of Hardball.
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