Top 10 Men Who Were Great Peacemakers

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6. Lester B. Pearson:

During the Suez Canal Crisis, Lester B. Pearson stepped into to resolve the conflict that ensued over the nationalization of the Suez Canal in Egypt. He successfully created an international police force which put an end to the war that threw nations such as the Soviet Union, France, Egypt, Great Britain, United States and Egypt into a tailspin. His mission was the first international peacekeeping task operated by the United Nations and set a blueprint for future peacekeeping operations.

 

7. Nelson Mandela:

Nelson Mandela was not just a former President of South Africa; he was a leader of the African National Congress (ANC) underground movement. ANC sought to end segregation and apartheid where one could be arrested for drinking out of the wrong water fountain. He strived to make both black and whites living in South Africa equal in status and in pay. Sadly, he was jailed for 27 years for his beliefs and for his fight for peace.

 

8. Liu Xiaobo:

This Chinese critic, writer and professor is an advocate of non-violence and human rights. He seeks political reform in China where there is more dialogue and compromise. Hoping to abandon class struggles, he advocated for an end to one party communist rule in China. When violence was inevitable, he organized a 4 man hunger strike in Tiananmen Square in 1989. He hoped to attract non-violent protest which ended in bloodshed with the arrival of police and the state. He was subsequently arrested for his role but later released. Throughout the post Cold War years, Xiaobo has been in and out prison. Most recently when drafting the Charter ’08, which sought to provide more freedom of speech and human rights, Xiaobo was arrested again.

 

9. Menachem Begin:

This Israeli Prime Minister successfully did what no other Prime Minister of Israel could. He lucratively struck a deal with Egyptian leader Mohamed Anwar Al-Sadat in the Camp David Accords in 1979. He gave up land and territory his country gained during war in return for peace.

 

10. Mohamed Anwar Al-Sadat:

On November 20, 1977 Mohamed Anwar Al-Sadat did what no other Arab leader ever did. He officially visited Israel and put the country on the map to broker peace talks with Menachim Begin. At the time of the visit, Israel had been at war 4 times since its independence. In 1979, Sadat and the Israeli Prime Minister Menachim Begin signed the Camp David Accords, signaling friendship and cessation of all conflicts between the two nations. Sadly, Sadat was assassinated before he could make larger impact on other nations such as Lebanon and Syria. Peace, however, has been attained and has remained for the last 32 years between the two countries.

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