A Man Who Prosecuted Nazis Gives Us 3 Totally Fundamental Requirements For World Peace

These three fundamental requirements seem pretty reasonable. Seeing as he prosecuted war criminals during the famed Nuremberg Trials, I have a feeling he knows what he's talking about.

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Benjamin Ferencz: Greetings, to you all. My name is Benjamin Ferencz. I was a prosecutor. I am now the only living prosecutor of the former Nuremberg War Crimes Trials, after World War II. I've been asked to make a brief statement indicating to you how I think we should go ahead to create a more humane and peaceful world, which is what I've been trying to do all of my life. As a soldier, in World War II, I saw the horrors of war, in the concentration camps, and elsewhere, and I've dedicated my life for that purpose and I'm trying to send this message to as many people as possible.

In order to have a more peaceful world, there are three fundamental requirements, whether it be a city, a state, or a world and that is you must have laws which describe what is permissible and not permissible. You must have courts to enforce the laws. You must have a system of effective enforcement.

We don't have that in the world today, and we have suffered the consequences. We are beginning to have that. We have laws, effective internationally, for the protection of human rights, which are growing and expanding. We have the International Criminal Court in The Hague. We have other courts and national groups, all of them trying enforce humane law. The enforcement arm is exceedingly weak and has to be strengthened, but we can do it, and we are moving in the right direction, very slowly.

It's not a job which can be done quickly or easily. It requires a change of heart and a change of mind, and that means that all human beings must begin to recognize that they are members of one small planet, and they must learn to divide the resources on that planet, so that everyone, regardless of race or creed, can live in peace and human dignity that can only and best be protected through a rule of law, which we are now in the process of building, and we need help.

So, please, look at my website. It's Ben Ferencz, www.benferencz.org. You'll find my books and articles there. They are all free of charge to anyone in the world who can use them, and I am now, in February 19, 2014. In a week I will be beginning my 95th year. I've dedicated my life for this purpose, I hope you'll be able to carry on and be more effective during your lifetime. Good luck.

There may be small errors in this transcript.

An original by the man Ben Ferencz himself. He's even on Twitter!

Mar 12, 2014

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