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President of Peru about Sun Myung Moon's work

H.E. Francisco Morales Bermudez

President, Peru (1975-80)
The great Irish author George Bernard Shaw once wrote: "Some men see things as they are and say: ‘Why?’ But I dream of things that never existed and say: ‘Why not?’" Shaw’s words seem to describe the life and the attitude of Rev. Sun Myung Moon.
Twenty years ago, who would have imagined that a clergyman from Korea would fulfill a key role in the foundation of an important American newspaper, The Washington Times? Who could have foreseen that he would develop a network of newspapers in Spanish in the United States and in Latin America? That he propose a world system of highways, including a 100km tunnel between Japan and Korea?
Who would have guessed that the same person would congregate Nobel Prize winners and other scientists at annual meetings for the purpose of discussing the moral implications of modern science and technology? And likewise, who would have foreseen that a Korean gentleman would sponsor an international congress for world religions to discuss the ways to increase interreligious cooperation?
For years Rev. Moon was misunderstood in the United States of America, but in recent times a deep change has taken place. One out of seven American legislators has attended the American Leadership Conferences sponsored by him. Thousands of Christian ministers participated in these programs. Leaders of the U.S. Senate, Congress and White House have all praised his work.
Those who know him personally note that he is a devoted person, one of great understanding. His wife, Hak Ja Han, and his children and grandchildren also reflect that quality, as well as a deep sense of commitment to God, the Father of all mankind. Throughout his life, Rev. Moon has been a conciliator, a unifier and a pacifier.
He has opened dialogue between Arabs and Jews, between black Africans and white Africans, between the East and the West. To him, peace is not merely a military or diplomatic matter. Without a genuine understanding and a prospect of acceptance of mutual values, treaties have little meaning. Rev. Moon’s life is evidence of his belief that only through devoted love shall we see the day when "nations will cease to raise the sword against other nations" and men "will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks."

Originally published in the book Peace King: Essays on the life and work of Rev. Dr. Sun Myung Moon


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