Secretary of State James Byrnes Address on US Foreign Policy

Saturday, January 11, 1947

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

Force does not make right, but we must realize that in this imperfect world of ours, power as well as reason, does affect decisions. We have joined with our allies in the United Nations to avoid war. Common law of nations. The US has taken the lead in proposing the control and the elimination from national armament of atomic weapons and other weapons of mass destruction under agreed rules of law. These rules must carry clear and adequate safeguards to protect complying states from violations and evasions. International law must rest on mere rules, law, and fear: it must rest on the growth of a common fellowship and ideas among people on this earth. Argentina has not yet complied (?).

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 69966
Municipal archives id: LT929


James F. Byrnes


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