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Senate Proceeding on May 12th, 2011 :: 0:34:35 to 0:39:40
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John McCain

0:34:35 to 0:34:55( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: in the hearts of its citizens the certainty that no matter how hard we fight, no matter how dangerous our adversary, in the course of advantag vanquishing our enemies we do not compromise our greater values. we are america.

John McCain

0:34:35 to 0:39:40( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: John McCain

John McCain

0:34:56 to 0:35:21( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: we hold ourselves to a higher standard. that's what's really at stake. though bin laden bin laden is dead, america remains at war. to prevail in war, we need more than victories on the battlefield. this is a war of ideas as well. a struggle to advance freedom in the place of terror in places where oppressive rule is bread

John McCain

0:35:23 to 0:35:44( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: to m -- prisoner abuses, exact a terrible toll on us in this war of ideas. they inevitably become public. and when they do, they threaten our moral standard and expose us to false, but widely disseminated charges that democracies are no more

John McCain

0:35:45 to 0:36:06( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: inherently idealistic and moral than other regimes. i understand that islamic extremists who resort to terror would destroy us utterly if they could up train the weapons to do so. to defeat them we must have the universal values that ultimately have the greatest power to

John McCain

0:36:07 to 0:36:27( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: eradicate this evil ideology. though it took a decade to find him, there's one constellation for bin laden's 10-year evasion of justice. he lived long enough to see what some are calling the arab spring, the complete reputatio reputation of bin laden's world view and the cruel disregard for innocent

John McCain

0:36:28 to 0:36:50( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: life and human dignity he used to advance it. in egypt and tunisia arabs rightfully proclaimed their rights to determine their own destiny without resorting to violence or destruction of innocent lives.

John McCain

0:36:51 to 0:37:13( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: now they are trying sa to do the same in syria and elsewhere. as the united states discusses and debates what role we should play to influence the course of the arab spring, can we not all agree that the first and most obvious thing we can do is stand as an example of just government and equal justice under the law?

John McCain

0:37:14 to 0:37:34( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: as a champion of the idea that an individual's human rights are superior to the will of the majority or the wishes of the government. individuals might forfeit their life and liberty as pup for breaking laws -- punishment for breaking laws, but even then as recognized in our constitution's

John McCain

0:37:35 to 0:37:55( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: prohibition of cruel and unusual punishment, they are still entitled to respect for their basic human dignity even if they have denied that respect to others. i don't mourn the loss of any terrorist's life nor do i care if in the course of serving

John McCain

0:37:56 to 0:38:16( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: their cause they suffered great harm. they earned their terrible punishment in this life and the next. what i do mourn is what we lose when by official policy or official neglect -- neglect we allow confuse or encourage those who fight this war for us to

John McCain

0:38:17 to 0:38:41( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: forget that -- that sense of ourselves which is our greatest strength that when we fight to defend our security, we also fight for an idea, not a tribe, not a land, not a king, not a twisted interpretation of an ancient religion, but for an idea that all men are endowed by

John McCain

0:38:42 to 0:39:03( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: their creator with inai inalienable rights. it is indispensable to our success in this war that those we ask to fight it know in the discharge of their dangerous responsibilities to our country, they are never expected to forget that they are americans. the valiant defenders of a sacred idea of how nations

John McCain

0:39:04 to 0:39:24( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: should be governed and conduct their relations with others. even our enemies. and those of us who have given them this onerous duty are obliged by our history and the many terrible sacrifices that have been made in our defense to make clear to them that they need not risk our country's

John McCain

0:39:25 to 0:39:40( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: honor to prevail. that there are always, through the violence, chaos, and heartache of war, through deprivation of cruelty and loss, that there are always, -- they are always, always americans and

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