I have a life-long need to find actions that will solve problems. Once Ambassador Dr. Miller Upton, the former president of Beloit College, told me that I had a valuable skill: conceptualizing. That means, he said, the ability to identify the goal and then work out ways to achieve that goal.
Well,. I’ve done a lot off conceptualizing, but not necessarily in fields that would prove easy to achieve. For example, how to stop terrorists from terrorizing non-terrorists?
I am honored to have been elected Vice President of The Streit Council for a Union of the Democracies, Inc. No, that is not World Federalists. There are God knows parts of the world that I do not want to go near, much less unite with. I am sorry for people whose goal in life seems to be chopping people’s heads off, but they would make uncomfortable neighbors, no?
Ou goal is to find areas of agreement through which the democratic nations, Atlantic and Pacific and in between, such as Israel, could be strengthened–and then take actions to further that strengthening. So many fine expensive reports about hundreds of meetings among intelligent well-meaning people result in a bottom line that says a version of,
“Oh dear, somebody should do something!”
Our goal is to take action to do something concrete. We are not living in fairy-land; this is a terrible dark time in world history. If the democratic nations were to announce in advance that all airports, harbors, banks, monies controlled by any or all of them, would be shut to the aggressor(s), this deterrence would have a formidable result. The ideal means of bringing about the ties holding the democratic nations to this plan, I believe, could best be within a limited form of federation. All would have to act as one against the terrorists or there will be no deterrence, there will be ineffective bickering and shopping around.
The Streit Council is named after Clarence K. Streit, whose great 1939 book UNION NOW slowly changed the shape of the world and might have prevented World War II if the leaders had had the necessary courage. More on him later; his biography is being written by Executive Director Dr. Tiziana Stella.
Clrence, CK as we called him, wrote poetry for relaxation. One of his poems goes in its entirety:
“Courage grows as the rose
thorn on thorn it is born.”
One of my most successful Country Folk songs is built from those lines and is called COURAGE GROWS LIKE A ROSE. When I learn how, I’ll enter it here. It is just lovely.