In tonight's episode of NBC's The Blacklist the main character Raymond Reddington (played magnificently by James Spader) delivers a speech that I predict will be referenced for the rest of our lives and the lives of our children.
While there is probably already a clip of it out there, I was so startled by the poignancy, relevance, and sheer honesty I went back and copied the speech word for word by hand.
Here it is. Bravo to the writers at NBC as well as an astounding delivery by James Spader.
Have you ever seen the aftermath of a suicide bomber?
You’re wasting time…
I have, June 29th, 2003. I was meeting two associates at the Murush restaurant in Tel Aviv. As my car was pulling up, a twenty-year-old Palestinian man name Kazi Safar enters the restaurant and detonates a suicide vest wired with C4. The shock wave knocked me flat, burst my ear drums. I couldn’t hear—the smoke—it was like being underwater.
I went inside—A nightmare. Blood, parts of people—You could tell where Saraf was standing when the vest blew—it was like a perfect circle of death. There was almost nothing left of the people closest to him. 17 dead, 46 injured, blown to pieces. The closer they were to the blast the more horrific the effect.
That’s every suicide. Every single one. An act of terror perpetrated against everyone who has ever known you. Everyone who has ever loved you. The people closest to you, the ones who cherish you are the ones who suffer the most pain, the most damage—why would you do that? Why would you do that to people who love you?
I have no choice.
There’s always a choice.
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