The International Day of Peace (IDP), celebrated at the 21st of September of every year, originated through a proposal by the United Nations in 1981 to spread love and peace throughout the world. Ironically, never since then has the world been closer to war than it is today, with the Middle East at peak of a full scale war featuring chemical warfare, which is now within the hands of several states in the area; some of which are Egypt, Syria, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, and Iran. Two main conflicts have surfaced recently in the area, the GCC-Iranian Conflict on the Tunbs and Abu-Musa islands, and the Russian-American proxy war in Syria, which are both struggles to control strategic positions that monitor the flow of over 45% of the world’s oil. Sadly, we as humans not only have failed to learn from our mistakes in the past but we are literally following the exact steps that lead us to previous wars.
The United Nation celebrates this merry event across the world by organizing festivals and parties to spread the meanings of peace to the masses. Donations are collected and delivered by volunteers to developing African states that have been suffering from extreme poverty for years. In the modern years, a tradition of a global ceasefire has been taking place in coordination with the IDP, and thankfully it has been successful all around. But shouldn’t that be the norm? Why is it that we dedicate only one day of the year to make peace? The International Day of Peace made it possible and certain that humans are capable of avoiding war and uniting under an umbrella of love and joining each other as one iron fist to combat hatred, terror, and war. This is the case in a perfect world, where the only eminent threat to humans is not themselves, but a foreign alien power that is known not to exist. Peace Day is a step forward, but it definitely shall not be the ultimate goal of humanity to absent peace for a single day. I personally consider it as an insult to the whole human race only to believe that this is the best we can achieve towards real peace, but one day our destiny to peace will god-willingly be fulfilled.
“To the sorrowing mother, to the widowed wife, to the son who lost his father or his brother, to all victims of wars, fill the air and space with recitals of peace, fill bosoms and hearts with the aspirations of peace, make the hope of peace a code of conduct and endeavor. Not the peace endorsed on written lines, not the peace of contracts and treaties, but rather the peace of justice and love, the type of peace more precious than a piece of land. Let there be no more wars.”
-Mohamed Anwar El Sadat, President of Egypt and Nobel Peace Prize Winner. Israel, 1977.
By Youssef El Ghazzawy