World War I centennial must revive push for world peace
The Kansas City Star
Kansas City should be ground zero in global efforts for peace with the upcoming centennial of World War I being based here.
President Barack Obama is to sign a recently passed bill creating a 12-member centennial commission. One person on that commission is to be appointed by the president of the Liberty Memorial Association, The Kansas City Star reports.
A conference with international representatives is to meet in Kansas City in March ahead of the 1914-1918 war centennial commemoration. Officials have to take care to revive the notion that the War to End All Wars, like the Liberty Memorial, was to ensure that a lasting peace would dominate world affairs.
It would be a waste for the centennial to dwell only on the war, the weaponry of the time and the carnage. Kansas City has to insist on a forward, 21st century perspective to the commemoration and then keep it alive for generations.
The planet can’t survive another world war. Obama could even use the commemoration to push for a department of peace Cabinet position.