Clifford Stevens column: Humanity needs unity

A recent article in Frontiers of Conservation Science warned us that only unity will assure the survival of humanity. For me, two worrying disasters loom on the horizon. War, with its weapons of mass destruction, and climate change. How humanity responds to these threats may well determine the future for us all.

If we have learned anything from two world wars, it’s that everyone suffered. Dwight D. Eisenhower, our 34th president, was the Supreme Commander of the Allied Expeditionary Force in Europe during World War II. He said: “There is no glory in battle worth the blood it costs.” One option to avoid World War II, tried in 1938, was appeasement.

Appeasement is the foreign policy tactic of offering specific concessions to an aggressor nation in order to prevent war. In the infamous 1938 Munich Agreement, Great Britain sought to avoid war with Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy by taking no action in response to Italy’s invasion of Ethiopia in 1935 or Germany’s annexation of Austria in 1938. As history shows that didn’t work so well.

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