I absolutely love Tony Benn’s reading of the UN charter.
I was born about a quarter of a mile from where we are sitting now. And I was here in London during the Blitz. And every night I went down to the shelter. 500 people killed. My brother was killed. My friends were killed. And when the charter of the UN was read to me. I was a pilot coming over the ???. We the peoples of the United Nations determined to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war which twice in our lifetime has caused untold suffering to mankind. That was the pledge that my generation gave to the younger generation and you tore it up! And it’s a war crime that has been committed in Iraq. Because there’s no moral difference …there’s no moral difference between a stealth bomber and a suicide bomber. Both kill innocent people for political reasons. And that’s why in Britain majority against American worldwide there is no support for the United States in this worldwide. And you’re living… You’re a declining empire as we were and you’ll learn the truth. You were beaten in Vietnam as you said yourself that’s why you didn’t want to serve there. Said you don’t want to die in a Southeast Asia rice paddy. And you’ll be beaten in Iraq and I’m afraid that’s the truth.
–Tony Benn, President, Stop The War Coalition