The Quest for a Lasting Peace

When the guns fell silent in Europe on November 11, 1918, thousands danced in the streets, and throughout the world there was general rejoicing. Many believed that World War I was the last war the world would see.

From our viewpoint in history, even the treaty sessions at Versailles contradicted the universal quest for a lasting peace. By their effort to exact reparations and impose penalties, the delegations once again planted the seeds of hatred and conflict. These later ripened into the savagery of World War II. Again and again in the half century since the end of the "war to end war," the prayers of mankind for a lasting peace have been shattered by the cruelty of war. Yet much of mankind continues to yearn for peace.

Men Under Authority
July 29, 1972

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