Urgent Appeal by Citizens and Institutions from All Over the World to the (Next) President of the United States!

May 17, 2023

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June 10, 2023 will be the 60th anniversary of the famous American University speech by JFK on what he himself called “the most important topic on earth: world peace.”

President Kennedy gave that speech less than a year after the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, in the middle of the Cold War, but he was able to elevate his listeners to see above the geopolitical conflict and to look at the interest of humanity as a whole.

Today we are faced with a strategic situation far more dangerous than that at the height of the Cuban missile crisis. Offensive NATO weapon systems are much closer to the border of Russia than Cuba is to the United States. The destructive power of the NATO weapons is even greater, the warning time before their launch shorter, and the trust between the leaders of the big nuclear powers is virtually non-existent, compared to that between Kennedy and  Khrushchev. The doomsday clock has been set by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists at 90 seconds before midnight, and that may be overly optimistic.

The world is in danger of splitting into two blocs, a NATO-U.S.-UK-EU bloc, and a Russia-China- “Global South” bloc. This represents the acute danger of a new world war, which would be nuclear, and would therefore mean the annihilation of the human species. Since Russia and the U.S. presently have 90% of all nuclear weapons directed against each other, which weapons could destroy the world many times over, it is an urgent matter of concern for every human being on earth that we find a way out. The solution must be on a plane that overcomes geopolitics and takes the perspective of the interest of the one humanity.

We, the undersigned, therefore express our hope, that the (next) President of the United States finds the greatness in herself or himself to adopt the viewpoint which was expressed by JFK in his historic speech. 

President Kennedy said on June 10, 1963:

What kind of peace do I mean? What kind of peace do we seek? Not a Pax Americana enforced on the world by American weapons of war. Not the peace of the grave or the security of the slave. I am talking about genuine peace, the kind of peace that makes life on earth worth living, the kind that enables men and nations to grow and to hope and to build a better life for their children—not merely peace for Americans but peace for all men and women—not merely peace in our time but peace for all time.

Many may think that it is impossible today for an American President to make such a speech. And indeed, Russian President Putin is today portrayed as more evil than Khrushchev was at the time, and China is also painted as a great threat. But President Kennedy nevertheless praised the Russians, and lauded their great contributions in science, industry and culture. He praised their courage in defeating Hitler in World War II, in which cause, they sacrificed more than 26 million lives. The world needs an American president who can see the best tradition in every nation, including Russia and China, as the basis for mutual trust and the basis for peace.

We the undersigned want America to be again the America expressed in that beautiful speech of JFK. We want the United States to be again a beacon of hope and a temple of liberty. We believe that this is the basis for “peace for all time,” as JFK said.

Initiating signer

Helga Zepp-LaRouche (Germany), founder Schiller Institute

Who's signing

Ernest Washington
Kai Jansen
Karen Wadler
Pille Javed
Antonio Aguilar
Patricia Osborne
John Rosing
Olof Minto
Sébastien Drochon
Joe Billington
Charlotte Focht
Matthew Vanden Heuvel
Dr. Ole Doering
Barbara Suhrstedt
Marcelo Leustean
Daniel Donnelly
lawrence maicon
James M Stinziani
Hung Pham
Michael Beshir Mohammed
Anna van Oort
Roger Daniell
Marvin Nunez
Jason Brambach
Thomas Grønlund Nielsen
Reuben Glass
Lois Simpson
David Hoefer
Philip Witkay
Alberto Verdugo
833 signatures

Sign the petition here:

  • Ernest Washington
    signed 2023-05-29 00:07:09 -0400
  • Kai Jansen
    signed 2023-05-28 22:15:41 -0400
    Whether you liked him or not Pres. Trump was so much closer to achieving this peace than any President since Pres. Kennedy, by engaging in a dialogue, even with people the accepted norm of political thinking thought impossible: N. Korea. – now look! He also engaged with China & Russia. There was a measurable difference in the ‘temperature’ of human relations between all these powers, and certainly no rhetoric of the use of nuclear weapons. Yes. America/NATO, must step back from the borders of Russia and engage once again in a dialogue with the whole world, especially if they wish to stop an influx of ‘migrants’ from poorer countries, either torn by war or suffering at the hands of the globalist expansionisms ravaging their local economies & abilities to employ their own peoples, never mind the eco-devastation being caused by U.S.-backed geo-engineering & so-called scientific experiments, closer to the nature of catastrophy than anything else, being employed ‘against’ the rest of the world. This goes much deeper than the mere proliferation of nuclear weapons, although these would be the immediate & final straw that would break the back of any future the human race may have had.
  • Karen Wadler
    signed 2023-05-28 21:11:59 -0400
  • Pille Javed
    signed 2023-05-28 15:53:10 -0400
  • Antonio Aguilar
    signed 2023-05-28 14:42:50 -0400
  • Patricia Osborne
    signed 2023-05-28 13:50:15 -0400
  • John Rosing
    signed 2023-05-28 13:49:15 -0400
  • Olof Minto
    signed 2023-05-28 13:44:08 -0400
  • Sébastien Drochon
    signed 2023-05-28 13:05:26 -0400
  • Joe Billington
    signed 2023-05-28 13:04:23 -0400
  • Charlotte Focht
    signed 2023-05-28 11:53:14 -0400
    Peace negotiations now- stop move to nuclear war!!!!
  • Matthew Vanden Heuvel
    signed 2023-05-28 11:19:39 -0400
  • Dr. Ole Doering
    signed 2023-05-27 22:39:12 -0400
  • Barbara Suhrstedt
    signed 2023-05-27 19:46:25 -0400
  • Marcelo Leustean
    signed 2023-05-27 13:37:23 -0400
  • Daniel Donnelly
    signed 2023-05-27 11:46:31 -0400
  • lawrence maicon
    signed 2023-05-27 10:55:49 -0400
  • James M Stinziani
    signed 2023-05-27 10:32:39 -0400
  • Hung Pham
    signed 2023-05-27 09:40:52 -0400
  • Michael Beshir Mohammed
    signed 2023-05-27 06:28:51 -0400
  • Anna van Oort
    signed 2023-05-26 23:08:41 -0400
  • Roger Daniell
    signed 2023-05-26 21:51:29 -0400
  • Marvin Nunez
    signed 2023-05-26 19:19:36 -0400
  • Jason Brambach
    signed 2023-05-26 18:49:18 -0400
  • Thomas Grønlund Nielsen
    signed 2023-05-26 18:40:36 -0400
  • Reuben Glass
    signed 2023-05-26 17:47:41 -0400
  • Lois Simpson
    signed 2023-05-26 14:05:43 -0400
  • David Hoefer
    signed 2023-05-26 13:22:47 -0400
  • Philip Witkay
    signed 2023-05-26 13:19:28 -0400
  • Alberto Verdugo
    signed 2023-05-26 11:51:43 -0400