King denounced the US as the "greatest purveyor of violence in the world" for its war on Vietnam that led to untold misery and millions of deaths and other casualties. He linked the struggle against poverty and discrimination at home with the war on the poor abroad. He denounced war and US militarism and its intimate connections with an imperial agenda.
The speech below is by King in 1967: as the US wages war on Afghanistan, drone wars in pakistan and Yemen and Somalia, has enforced violent regime change in Libya, and gears up for military intervention in the name of human rights in Syria, King's analysis is a timely reminder that things have chnaged very little since the late 1960s, either at home or abroad.
While King was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize and preached non-violence and opposition to oppression and war, President Obama (Nobel laureate in 2009) wages wars abroad while presiding over a nation still deeply mired in racial violence and inequality.