With the passing of Frank Buckles, the last living American World War I veteran, comes a reminder of how far away the nations of planet Earth are from achieving the world peace that at one point seemed much more possible.
In his last remaining years, Buckles came to symbolize the First World War, which was predicted would be the "war to end all wars," according to the New York Times. Because of the brutality of the fighting and the finality of its outcome, commentators of the day said that no nation would ever again look to engage in activities that would bring about the cost and destruction of modern warfare.
However, today it seems that this sentiment is largely forgotten. With revolutions raging throughout the Middle East, the U.S. embroiled in two conflicts and tensions being ratcheted up in many other corners of the globe, fighting seems almost inevitable.
While the prospect of world peace may seem dim at the present moment, it is not. Ilchi Lee believes that achieving peace throughout the globe is entirely possible. It will take work and dedication to the cause of living as one race and with one national identity, but doing so could surely bring about an end to conflict.