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Statement by King at the S.C.L.C. Convention
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In this statement at the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) Convention in Birmingham, Alabama in August 1965, King speaks out critically against American involvement in the Vietnam War. He emphasizes that “neither the American people nor the people of North Viet Nam is the enemy. The true enemy is war itself, and people on both sides are trapped in its inexorable destruction.” He condemns war in general, calling it an obsolete means of conflict resolution, and urges all sides in the Vietnam War to consider diplomatic negotiation. He also recommends that the United States take measures to help rebuild Vietnam, institute democracy, and help build a sound economy as recommended recently by President Johnson, to assure the Vietnamese of their good intentions towards development, not destruction.

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