U.S. must work with others if it hopes to achieve its strategic interests abroad, writer says.
“Since wars begin in the minds of men, it is in the minds of men that the defenses of peace must be constructed.”
So begins the preamble to the Constitution of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. They were words written in 1945 by the American poet and playwright Archibald MacLeish, who served on the organization’s governing board at its founding at the end of World War II. With the recent announcement by President Donald Trump of the United States’ intention to withdraw from membership in the organization, Americans will lose a voice at an important venue for bettering lives all over the globe and for securing our vital national interests.