U.S. President John Kennedy wound up a visit to Florida (southeastern U.S.) by making a?
"We in this hemisphere must also use every resource at our command to prevent the establishment of another Cuba in this hemisphere, for if there is one principle which has run through the long history of this hemisphere it is a common determination to prevent the rule of foreign systems or nations in the Americas.
We have ultimately won this battle against every great power in the past. We will continue to wage it and win it. And as we gain momentum and strength the appeal and force of Communism will greatly diminish. This has already begun to happen. Castroism, which a few years ago commanded the allegiance of thousands in almost every country, today has far fewer followers scattered across the continent.
"The Charter of the Organization of American States calls for, and I quote, "the consolidation on this continent, within the framework of democratic institutions, a system of individual liberty and social justice based on respect for the essential rights of man."
The United States is committed to this proposition.
Whatever may be the case in other parts of the world, this is a hemisphere of free men capable of self-government. It is in accordance with this belief that the United States will continue to support the efforts of those seeking to establish and maintain constitutional democracy."
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Background: U.S. President John Kennedy wound up a visit to Florida (southeastern U.S.) by making a major foreign policy speech on Latin American affairs. He spoke Monday night (18 November) to the Inter-American Press Association in Miami Beach. The Association is a group of North and South American newspaper editors.
The President indirectly attacked Argentina's revocation of oil contracts with U.S. companies when he said that "no nation should act within its own borders so as to violate the rights of others under accepted principals of international law." He was sharply critical of military coups d'etat and said the U.S. stood ready to assist Cuba once that nation's sovereignty had been restored under a non-Communist government.
Our film shows two excerpts from his speech. Here is text of those excerpts: