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A MESSAGE OF PEACE

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I feel that the 20th Century Fox production of "The Day the Earth Stood Still" is the finest Science Fiction movie ever made when one considers when it was made and the message that it delivers.  It is most certainly a movie with a very timely and powerful message.

Since this movie is such a favorite of mine, I adapted my highly unusual  Email address which is of course  KLATOOGORT@aol.com.  It was quite sometime after the creation of my Email address that I noticed that Klaatu is the correct spell of the alien visitor played by actor Michael Rennie.  So today I am now known as KLATOOGORT instead of KLAATUGORT.  You can visit a the Internet Movie Data Base to learn about this wonderful excellent movie by clicking here to go to The Day the Earth Stood Still. 

The Internet Movie Data Base gives you all the information that is pertinent to this classic. Now you are listening to words said at the departure of Klaatu's at the end of the movie.

This is the full text of Klaatu's speech.

I am leaving soon. And you will forgive me if I speak bluntly. The universe grows smaller every day and the threat of aggression by any group, anywhere, can no longer be tolerated. There must be security for all, or no one is secure.

Now this does not mean giving up any freedom. Except the freedom to act irresponsibly. Your ancestors knew this when they made laws to govern themselves and hired policemen to enforce them. We, of the other planets, have long accepted this principle.

We have an organization for the mutual protection of all planets and for the complete elimination of aggression. The test of any such higher authority is of course, the police force that supports it.

For our policemen we created a race of robots. Their function is to patrol the planets in spaceships like this one and preserve the peace. In matters of aggression we have given them absolute power over us.

This power cannot be revoked. At the first sign of violence they act automatically against the aggressor. The penalty for provoking their action is too terrible to risk.

The result is, we live in peace. Without arms or armies. Secure in the knowledge that we are free from aggression and war. Free to pursue more profitable enterprises.

Now we do not pretend to have achieved perfection. But we do have a system. And it works. I came here to give you these facts.

It is no concern of ours how you run your own planet. But if you threaten to extend your violence, this Earth of your's will be reduced to a burned out cinder.

Your choice is simple. Join us and live in peace, or pursue your present course and face obliteration. We shall be waiting for your answer. The decision rests with you.