Orange : Peace Is Breaking Out All Over, Scali Claims
Unparalleled moves around the globe are promoting peace as seldom before in history, former United Nations Ambassador John Scali said at a Chapman College seminar Wednesday.
“Peace is breaking out all over,” said Scali, who is now a senior correspondent for ABC News. Scali attributed much of the worldwide move for peace to what he called “a failure of communism” and to the personal diplomacy of Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev.
Scali, 70, also praised President Reagan’s role in promoting peace. “President Reagan has a pretty clear idea of what is possible in the real world,” Scali said. “Time and experience have taught him the art of realistic compromise.”
Encouraging developments include the lessening of tensions between the United States and the Soviet Union, recent cease-fires between Iran and Iraq, and an apparent winding down of the civil war in Angola, Scali said. Also significant is the Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan, he said.
“There is a momentum for peace worldwide which has enormous implications and repercussions,” Scali said. “Did you ever dream that in your lifetime the Soviet defense minister would be touring some of our most secret defense bases as an honored guest? Or that a Pentagon delegation would be touring Soviet bases?”
Scali’s speech launched the second year of Chapman College’s acclaimed freshman seminar on war and peace.