peaceIntervention only works when the people concerned seem to be keen for peace.Nelson Mandela From 1836, down to last year, there is no proof of the Government having any confidence in the duration of peace, or possessing increased security against war. We need new partnerships in fighting terrorism and building peace. I came here as a practical man, to talk, not simply on the question of peace and war, but to treat another question which is of hardly less importance – the enormous and burdensome standing armaments which it is the practice of modern Governments to sustain in time of peace. President George W. Bush is the first American president to call openly for two-states, Israel and Palestine, living side by side in peace and security. I therefore declare, that if you wish any remission of the taxation which falls upon the homes of the people of England and Wales, you can only find it by reducing the great military establishments, and diminishing the money paid to fighting men in time of peace. Treaties of peace, made after war, are entrusted to individuals to negotiate and carry out. On Memorial Day, I don’t want to only remember the combatants. There were also those who came out of the trenches as writers and poets, who started preaching peace, men and women who have made this world a kinder place to live. Many a happiness in life, as many a disaster, can be due to chance, but the peace within us can never be governed by chance. As they say, one thing led to another, and, ultimately, the British and Irish governments asked me to serve as chairman of the peace negotiations, which ironically began six years ago this week.