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Guatamala's Peace Museum
Alex Steffen, 11 May 04

How much can a peace museum matter? Markos over at dailykos tells us:

"Bush's War has many casualties, but one of them has been the concept of 'peace'. It's seen as a matter of weakness, or appeasement, of anti-Americanism. So it was emotionally overwhelming for me to spend time in a place that celebrated peace. Various displays commemorated the ravages of war, others paid tribute to the nations of the world that lent their support in Guatemala's efforts for peace -- a true coalition of the willing.

"Peace wasn't a weakness. It wasn't appeasement. It was a search for the highest ideal. A search that ultimately proved to be successful."

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That sounds great. For years, I've been hideously annoyed at how 90% of the monuments everywhere in the world are about victory in war or people who died in war. (This is why the best monument in DC is not Lincoln's, but FDR's.) Let's have more monuments to those that worked for peace, for art, for love, for life!


Posted by: Jer on 12 May 04



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