George H.W. Bush’s ‘Toward a New World Order’ Speech – September 11 1990

President George H. W. Bush’s “Toward a New World Order” Speech
September 11, 1990
U.S. Congress Joint Session

President George H. W. Bush’s Address before a Joint Session of Congress on the Invasion of Kuwait, September 11, 1990. This video contains the speech in its entirety. See relevant articles at ‘Democracy is Not Freedom‘ by Michael Shaw; ‘Patriot Act: Global Connections‘ by Joan Peros; ‘Understanding Unalienable Rights’ by Michael Shaw (Unalienable Rights are the opposite of the United Nations’ inalienable rights.)



Text: Speech Address before a joint session of Congress on 11 September 1990

Video: (7:03 minute mark)


Address Before a Joint Session of the Congress on the Persian Gulf Crisis and the Federal Budget Deficit
September 11, 1990

Clearly, no longer can a dictator count on East-West confrontation to stymie concerted United Nations action against aggression. A new partnership of nations has begun.

We stand today at a unique and extraordinary moment. The crisis in the Persian Gulf, as grave as it is, also offers a rare opportunity to move toward an historic period of cooperation. Out of these troubled times, our fifth objective – a new world order – can emerge: a new era – freer from the threat of terror, stronger in the pursuit of justice, and more secure in the quest for peace. An era in which the nations of the world, East and West, North and South, can prosper and live in harmony. A hundred generations have searched for this elusive path to peace, while a thousand wars raged across the span of human endeavor.

Today that new world is struggling to be born, a world quite different from the one we’ve known. A world where the rule of law supplants the rule of the jungle. A world in which nations recognize the shared responsibility for freedom and justice. A world where the strong respect the rights of the weak. This is the vision that I shared with President Gorbachev in Helsinki. He and other leaders from Europe, the Gulf, and around the world understand that how we manage this crisis today could shape the future for generations to come.

The test we face is great, and so are the stakes. This is the first assault on the new world that we seek, the first test of our mettle. Had we not responded to this first provocation with clarity of purpose, if we do not continue to demonstrate our determination, it would be a signal to actual and potential despots around the world. …

Once again, Americans have stepped forward…  At this very moment, they serve together with Arabs, Europeans, Asians, and Africans in defense of principle and the dream of a new world order….


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