Blessed are the Peacemakers

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.” – Matthew 5:9

The Hall of Mirrors

The Hall of Mirrors

I have a confession to make. Despite my crazily busy schedule these past two months, I have been secretly indulging in my favourite activity before going to bed nearly every other night – reading a book on history. And the book that has kept me up for most of the recent nights is ‘Paris, 1919’ by Margaret Macmillan. It’s a fascinating tome of nearly 700 pages that chronicle the happenings of the Paris Peace Conference which was convened after World War One to decide on what’s next after the Great War that has devastated most of Europe. She draws intimate portraits of the three main characters that straddled the stage at the Conference: the idealistic American president Woodrow Wilson who sought to remake the world with his Fourteen Points; the hardened French Premier Georges Clemenceau (nicknamed ‘The Tiger’) who pressed for a harsh peace on a Germany that has ravaged his home country twice in his lifetime; and the deft politician British Prime Minister David Lloyd George who was caught in between the two. The book paints the picture of a world long vanished, but with the same aspirations as we still hold: to make the world a better and safer place. 90 years on, are we there yet?

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~ by irwin on July 24, 2009.

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