When you’re here in Northern Ireland, you must learn about “The Troubles”. It’s a very sad and scary tale of dangerous people driven by the basest of human behavior…for a very long time. So, it’s amazing as you contemplate the relative harmony here and understand that it’s less than two decades ago that killing was a common way to solve problems…and not just in Belfast and Derry.
So, you start to appreciate what an enormous task it was to create peace and to maintain it as they have. We have shared the photo below as a reminder of this very positive move, which occurred here; one of the finest demonstrations of diplomacy in our lifetimes. This statue is one of only 4 in the world. The others are in Jerusalem, Hiroshima and Berlin. They were all donated by the Town of Conventry in England, who suffered some of the worst bombing of WWII. They wanted to use reconciliation with Germany (and Germans) as a way of healing themselves.
It is a wonderful reminder of how good we can be as people and a great lesson to be learned and appreciated again.
Just wanted you to share our feelings and encourage your hopefulness, as it does ours, about other intractable issues which face the world today. The statue is placed in a beautiful garden down the hill from the Northern Ireland Parliament building in a huge park-like setting outside of Belfast City.
Here is the Parliament building with two tourists mugging it up for the camera. Of course our hair color gives us away, but it’s us. Another funny thing about the cultures…we don’t have to ask about “senior citizen discounts” here…you just say that we’d like a “concession” in the fee for admittance.
Sorry, but Billy Scott cut the head off the statue. We’d never do that, would we Michael Brock?