If the Soviet Union will not work for peace and world cooperation, then we must work without them. We must work with every free government of this planet, to prevent the creation of new dictatorships and extremist governments around the world. If the Soviet Union and those like her see the benefits of a free and peaceful world, they can stand beside us - let us use the United Nations to its fullest extent. If those in control see only their own 'benefits' from conquest and empire, then they can let us work alone. It is the difficult work of peace.
Peace. We relished the word just a few years ago, but now in some ways it is unsettling as war. Peace, as desperate bloody struggles erupt in the small scale in all corners of the world. Peace, in a deadlock. Peace, by the atomic bomb. Peace, by mutually assured destruction. It is a new reality we are waking to. But we should not fear peace. We simply must work hard in peace, as we worked in war - perhaps even harder, for in peace we fight for the hearts and minds of the world. We fight in Greece, in China, and in the new nations enfolding throughout the world.
To those new nations, I would say this: We are here to help you. We will stand against minority overthrows and support the ability of the people to choose their governments without the chains of extremist ideologies. We are the arsenal for peace -
- and so we must be, not distracted by the ambitions of warlike nations, but committed fully to the betterment of mankind. We fight not only with tanks, used to stop the advance of hostile militaries, but with schools and bread and kitchen stoves.
To the American people, I ask for the same cooperation and goodwill that we showed in the darkest hours of war. We must be the torch of liberty in the world.
For that purpose, I will be running for the Republican nomination once more. If elected, I will pursue closer support to free nations around the world. At home, I will do my best to ensure the continued excellence of personal liberties and government fiscal responsibility as we go into an era full of uncertainties. The free world must be strong against the many kinds of threats that can attack governments from within and without, but without sacrificing her liberty or the engines of peace.