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The Techniques Used in the Introduction of the Speech: Bush's Message to Saddam and The Whisper of AIDS

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The speech of Mary Fisher of the Republican National Convention Address, made in Houston, Texas on August 19, 1992, and named "The Whisper of AIDS", was delivered to members of the Republican Party in the USA. Its purpose was clear- to talk to people and convince them that AIDS is a terrible epidemic that must be stopped immediately; to comfort and console those who are already suffering from it, to try and make them feel like they're not alone, to make them understand they can achieve support and that don't need to hide the fact that they're infected; and to make everyone understands that the world is responsible for stopping AIDS, and only with a realization of the situation and of AIDS, and enough awareness and knowledge about the disease- will it finally be able to be stopped.

The introduction tells us about Mary Fisher's asking the Republican Party to lift the shroud of silence draped around the issue of HIV and AIDS, three months prior to the speech. Then she says that she has come there that (the night of the speech) to end the silence, to bring the hidden and darkened subject of AIDS to light, to expose it and its meanings in front of the world.

In the body of the speech, Mary clearly describes AIDS as an epidemic, stating the huge numbers of lives taken by it- 250,000 are dead or dying because of it and a 1,000,000 more are infected. She adds by saying that between 40 and 100 million more will be infected within only a few years! She rightfully says AIDS doesn't distinguish between men and women, black and white, gay or straight- it attacks everyone.

She continues and tells about her own experience dealing with AIDS, being someone who is also suffering from the disease. She calls for accepting and internalizing the fact that AIDS is no distant threat, but an immediate one which is happening today and claiming many lives; therefore, it should not be hidden and ignored, but exposed to the public and be dealt with.

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