Peace With Honor

Peace With Honor

"Peace With Honor" was a phrase Richard M. Nixon used in a speech on January 23, 1973 to describe the Paris Peace Treaty to end the Vietnam War. It is a paraphase of a statement made by British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli in 1878.

The treaty specified that a cease-fire would take place four days later, on January 27, 1973. According to the plan, within 60 days after the cease-fire, the North Vietnamese would release all U.S. prisoners, and all U.S. troops would withdraw from South Vietnam. On March 29, the last U.S. soldier left Vietnam. In 1975, Saigon fell to North Vietnamese troops.

Examples of use:

"That it shall hold companionship in peace With honour, as in war." --William Shakespeare, 1607 ["Coriolanus" Act iii. Sc. 2.]

"Lord Salisbury and myself have brought you back peace—but a peace I hope with honor." --British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli (1878), upon returning from the Conference of Berlin. Wags paraphased this as "Peace with honor -- and Cyprus too."

"My good friends, for the second time in our history, a British Prime Minister has returned from Germany bringing peace with honor. I believe it is "peace for our time." Go home and get a nice quiet sleep." --British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, September 1938, upon returning from the Munich Conference [http://www.britannia.com/history/docs/peacetime.html]

"I have asked for this radio and television time tonight for the purpose of announcing that we today have concluded an agreement to end the war and bring peace with honor in Vietnam and in Southeast Asia." --U.S. President Richard Nixon, January 1973 [Nixon, Richard, " [http://www.teachingamericanhistory.org/library/index.asp?document=725 Peace with Honor] "]

References

External links

* [http://www.watergate.info/nixon/73-01-23_vietnam.shtml Complete Text of Nixon's Speech]


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