Nation shall speak peace unto nation

DURING MY YEARS as a BBC news anchor in London, the chimes of Big Ben would be broadcast live to the world in the moments before I went on the air. In the early morning hours, between newscasts, I loved to stroll down by the River Thames and look across the water, toward that enduring symbol of the indomitable spirit of the British people during World War II.

I thought, too, of the BBC motto over the doorway of Bush House in the Strand, from where we operated: "Nation shall speak peace unto nation."

As a journalist with an abiding love of the passages in Micah and Isaiah on which that motto is based, those words had long since become my raison d'être.

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June 17, 2002

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