you can wait till you're dead.
How do you think apartheid ended in South Africa? It wasn't because Nelson Mandela bought a new suit and changed Clause Four of the South African Constitution. The main advances have been made by struggle.
Sixty-five years ago I met an Indian who came to London. I was only five, and he had just come out of a British prison and was going back into another British prison. He was asked: "Mr. Gandhi, what do you think of civilization in Britain?" He replied, "I think it would be a very good idea."
Thirty-one years ago Nelson Mandela was put in prison, described as a terrorist. At the time of the Rivonia trial, I spoke in Trafalgar Square. The thing about human struggle is this. To begin with, they ignore us. Then if you go on, they say you are dangerous. Finally they claim you hadn't thought of it in the first place!
From speech to London Commission, August 1995.
The poverty that has been deliberately generated in Iraq is part of something much bigger, and reflects the need to redistribute the world's resources for the benefit of the many. Some 35,000 babies die every day in the world today from poverty-related diseases. Yet the Western governments, instead of using their resources to relieve this suffering, are spending enormous sums of money on weapons. In the case of Britain, the amount involved is such that every family of four in the country is effectively spending around forty pounds a week on weapons. And far from reducing the poverty, the Western governments hold out sanctions as a terrifying prospect, the ultimate weapon of the rich to threaten the poor. If we have the courage to speak out on these issues, then we shall find that we have allies everywhere.
From speech to London Commission, November 1995.
The continuation of the sanctions on Iraq has become symbolic of the threat of sanctions as a frightening prospect held over the world's poor by the big powers. They have become the ultimate weapon with which the rich threaten the poor. They are a demonstration of the counter-revolution against democracy which has been occurring on a global scale. They have the effect of imposing the most terrible suffering. contrary to the Charter of the UN. They have become a threat to the stability of the world political and commercial system.
They symbolize the way the UN has frankly been taken over by Washington. I strongly urge your government to take action at the [Security Council] meeting to redress this shameful situation.
From a letter sent to the London embassies of UN Security Council countries, October 11, 1995.