Nearly thirty years ago President Ronald Reagan went to west Berlin, and gave a speech telling Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to send a signal that a new era of peace was underway, by tearing down the Berlin Wall. Two years it was torn down by the people of Berlin’s own hands, east and west.
While fathers and sons do not always see eye to eye, nor should sons be blamed for what their fathers have done, it occurred to us watching Wes Clark Jr. speak to the Lakota chief that there is some unfinished reconciliation business in the Clark family. And that a powerful sign that the United States was entering a new, post-imperial era could be sent by Wes’ father, the former Rhodes Scholar classmate of future President Bill Clinton, retired General/NATO commander and former Democratic presidential candidate Wesley Clark Sr.
So here’s our message to Wes, for his father: Mr. Clark senior, if you seek a new era of peace, of American humility and good will towards all nations, and an end to the dangerous second Cold War that’s been underway since 2013 (if not 1999), then here’s my challenge to you: go to Belgrade. Stand before a Serbian Orthodox Christian priest in the Cathedral of St. Sava, the patron saint of the Serbian nation. Ask the Serbs and God for forgiveness before the whole world, for the war waged against them and the lives destroyed in 1999.
I realize there may be security concerns, that many Serbs still hate Gen. Clark, so perhaps it would be best to ask the Russian and U.S. Embassies in Belgrade for assistance with protecting Gen. Clark’s person. But if this could be done, it would be a moment of peace-seeking, before God and all mankind — especially to the Orthodox Christian world, which binds Holy Rus to Serbia.
Matthew 5:9 “Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.”