Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Peacekeepers

I left off yesterday with the concept of soldiers as peacekeepers. It was a Canadian idea, proposed by our foreign minister at the time of the Suez Crisis. Lester Pearson would later be prime minister, and would win the Nobel Peace Prize for his concept. 


This is a replica of his Nobel. The original is kept at the headquarters of the foreign ministry on Sussex Drive.


Canadians have served in numerous peacekeeping missions, and it has had its own hazards, with deaths not unheard of in such missions over the decades.


Hercules Aircraft At Ismalia, Egypt 1974 is the title of this painting by Colin Williams, depicting a Canadian transport plane with UN markings delivering supplies to a peacekeeping force.


Mail Delivery- Sinai was painted by Donald Connolly in 1986.


A multitude of photographs from Canadian missions is gathered on this wall.


A long lasting UN peacekeeping mission is in Cyprus- begun in 1964 and still active at present- keeping order between the Greek and Turkish populations of the island nation. Canadians have spent time in Cyprus on duty, and at times the mission has been dangerous duty.


A reproduction of a Cypriot cafe is here, with photographs, panels, and artifacts surrounding it. We'll carry on here tomorrow.

22 comments:

  1. The wars sure spawned a lot of artists too!

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  2. Peacekeeping is what even neutral countries can do.

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  3. The idea of a UN peacekeeping force is good in itself. But as soon as it gets a bit too much, the UN quickly becomes a lion without teeth.

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  4. Peacekeeping is a gold star for Canada.

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  5. Peacekeeping is a good thing!
    Take care, enjoy your day!

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  6. @magiceye: indeed.

    @Italiafinlandia: indeed.

    @Jan: Rwanda being the ultimate example.

    @David: very much so.

    @Eileen: thank you.

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  7. ...being peacekeepers should be everyone's mission!

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  8. We have a family member who served in Cyprus in the early years of the deployment.

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  9. Thanks to the peacekeepers. We are all called to be peacekeepers.

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  10. I had no idea about the peacekeeping mission in Cyprus. It was a dangerous place. Well done, Canada!

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  11. We need more peacekeepers in the world.

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  12. I wish peace keeping still worked. In some conflicts Peace Keepers were fair game.

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  13. Peacekeepers are important in today's world.

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  14. @Tom: definitely.

    @Marie: memories to last a lifetime.

    @Nancy: well said.

    @Jeanie: one wonders when it will end.

    @RedPat: we do indeed.

    @Red: sometimes force is needed.

    @Bill: I think so.

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  15. Great series of peace keeping photos ~


    Wishing you lots of laughter in your days,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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  16. Keeping the peace in today's world is getter harder every day.

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  17. Matthew 5:9
    Blessed are the peacemakers:
    for they shall be called the children of God.

    Love your header picture.

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  18. What will become of Ukraine, I wonder.

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  19. @Carol: thanks.

    @Sharon: it is.

    @happyone: well put.

    @Joanne: I worry.

    @Maywyn: you're welcome.

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  20. I always pray that one day worldwide peace is found.

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