The Dove’s Progress

Such was the light-hearted heading of an article in Time about the latest peace moves. It has always been the familiar expression to refer to peace under the symbolism of the dove, When, how­ever, it appears over this article it seems to me that there is a bit of cynicism in it.

One paragraph was headed with the words, “only an armistice”. Under this ye read the following: At best, the cease-fire could bring an end only to the fighting in Korea, There would still be the problem of millions of Korean refu­gees with no place to live and not much to live for. There would still be the Korean political problem—and beyond it the worldwide struggle with Communist aggression which would be gravely af­fected, for better and for worse, by a Korean settlement. A cease-fire near the 38th parallel was not a victory for the West in the usual sense. The enemy had not surrendered, was not broken; he was to be allowed to keep most of what he had when he started the war, includ­ing a good chance to start the same one again.

“On the plus side of a settlement were these factors: 1) The Reds had paid a staggering cost in blood and prestige; 2) They had failed in their objective—to gulp down South Korea; 3) They had by their aggression, hurt their chance, for gains most of the West had been ready to give them only -a few months ago by default. . . .; 4) Above all their attack on Korea had cost Communism the flab­biness and indecision of the West.”

I just read another comment on the Korean moves, which is very pessimistic. I quote:

“It (the war) had further demonstrat­ed that progress in weapons even in the six years since the end of World War II has been so great that the notion that a nation can be liberated by a war on its own terrain is the grimmest of concepts. What is therefore looming in Korea is a quitter’s peace.”

Another comment speaks of “bone-dry tinder,” referring to the present world conditions. It speaks as fallows: “If the Reds were ready to quit Korea, the West could be sure it was only because they wanted to use their energies elsewhere. With their armies no longer bleeding, the Chinese Communists could now push harder at Indo-China and the rest of South Asia. Relieved of the burden of supplying a deadlocked war in Korea, world Communism could now turn more energetically to the tactics that suited better. The world was speckled with bone-dry tinder piles—Berlin, and all of Germany, Yugoslavia and on top of the list, Iran.”

“It was with the knowledge of other bon-fires ready for the lighting that the West watched the hot embers fade in Korea.”

This picture we all realize is true. All the world is ready for a great conflagra­tion.

Nevertheless we all long for these pauses in which the tension of war with all its anxiety for dear ones is somewhat eased. These lulls between battles are always a relief. Young maidens and par­ents look with hope for the success of these peace moves.

We must be wise unto salvation, and not lulled into the sleep of the world.

The world is bone-dry spiritually. There are not many green spots that serve God, whose alms are before His face. Though this calls for the judg­ment of God, it behooves us to commit our way unto Him who is the shepherd and bishop of our souls.