Something interesting happened today – back in 1946.
Winston Churchill made one of the most momentous speeches of the 20th century; he did so while on American soil, at Westminster College in Fulton, MO. He began by noting that iconic European capitals — Warsaw, Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Budapest, Belgrade, Sofia, Bucharest — were under increasing pressure and control from Moscow.
“From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an iron curtain has descended across the continent,” Churchill proclaimed. “This is certainly not the liberated Europe we fought to build up. Nor is it one which contains the essentials of permanent peace.”
And with that, the Cold War was unofficially engaged.
It is with humility and hope that we note this great leader’s foresight, and hope that it can influence us to widen our political perspective and adopt a more visionary framework for our own futures today.