Blessed are the Peacemakers
Winston Churchill gives this clever peace parable:
Once upon a time all the animals in the zoo decided they would disarm, and they arranged to hold a conference to decide the matter. The rhinoceros said that the use of teeth in war was barbarous and horrible, and ought strictly to be prohibited by general consent. Horns, which were mainly defensive weapons, would, of course, have to be tolerated. The buffalo, stag, and porcupine said they would vote with the rhino; but the lion and the tiger took a different view. They defended teeth, and even claws, as honourable weapons.
Then the bear spoke. He proposed that both teeth and horns should be banned. It would be quite enough if animals would be allowed to give each other a good hug when they quarrelled. No one could object to that. It was so fraternal, and would be a great step toward peace. However, all the other animals were offended with the bear, and they fell into a perfect panic.
Josef Goebbels received a Ph.D. from Heidelberg University in 1920. Following graduation he became active in the National Socialist Party. In 1926 Hitler placed him in charge of party organization for Berlin, and three years later he headed the propaganda campaign for the entire party. Goebbels entered the Reichstag in 1930. He rose to the rank of general, being one of Hitler’s most trusted colleagues. During those turbulent days, Goebbels wrote in his diary that Mahatma Gandhi was a man of extraordinary abilities; if he would only use his skills to organize a military force, he would succeed.
At last, when Hitler’s dreams of world conquest turned into nightmares, and the German machine was devastated, General Goebbels is said to have committed suicide just before the fall of Berlin in May 1945.
Without firing a shot, Mahatma Gandhi, through passive resistance, discipline, and unflinching courage, brought to India what armies had not accomplished—freedom! Goebbels’s death went unnoticed. But when Gandhi was assassinated, January 30, 1948, the world wept. The advocate and practitioner of peace had fallen. His influence continues.