The Words of the Selig Family
The Advisory Board of the International Security Council held its second annual meeting in Washington DC in October 1987.
The International Security Council (ISC) held its second annual Advisory Board Meeting in Washington DC from October 1820, 1987, the third anniversary of its founding. The ISC is one of many projects initiated by Father while he was in Danbury.
Father's idea for the International Security Council was to establish means to:
1) Clearly portray the threat to the United States and the free world presented by the Soviet Union's drive for world hegemony.
2) Describe the apparent dimensions, intensity, and urgency of the Soviet strategy -- militarily, politically, and economically.
3) Alert the leadership and the citizens of the free world to the need for solidarity to block the Soviet global strategy.
In essence, the ISC aims to educate the free world about the true nature of Soviet foreign policy and to help promote global harmony among the democratic camp.
The ISC brings together statesmen, scholars, former senior military officers, diplomats, and government officials from all over the world. Original papers are presented at its annual meetings by authorities and strategists in international politics, economics, intelligence, diplomacy, and law as the basis for intensive discussion. These papers are then published and disseminated widely, along with the highly acclaimed ISC publication Global Affairs, a quarterly journal that includes the insights of today's most distinguished foreign policy experts. Global Affairs and the ISC proceedings are printed in English, Spanish, Japanese, and Korean.
Ambassador Charles M. Lichtenstein, chairman of the ISC Advisory Board.
At this year's meeting, the members of the Board of Advisors met for two days at the Sheraton-Carlton Hotel and drafted the 1987 ISC Strategic Assessment. In the words of the assessment report:
Freedom is at risk, more today even than it was a year ago. Relative to that of the Soviet Union, which continues its relentless drive for global hegemony, the strength of the free world -- its effective strength, amassed and focused in vital arenas of strategic confrontation -- is declining.
The Board concluded that Gorbachev's so-called policy of glasnost (openness) has been "astonishingly successful" as a technique for manipulating free world opinion towards the belief that peace is advanced through disarmament and that a new era of harmonious coexistence is at hand. The momentum of Soviet expansionism, based on growing military power and political influence, continues "unabated," the report said, and its objectives for progressively establishing global hegemony are unchanged. The freedom of the West is "still at risk"
The day after the paper's release, the ISC offices in both Washington and New York received numerous requests for copies from think tanks, senators and congressmen, and the Pentagon. Many defense experts believe that it is one of the most important documents of this time dealing with Soviet foreign policy and global strategy.
Ambassador Sang Kook Han, left, senior vice president of News World Communications, receives a victory statue on behalf of Father from the ISC president, Dr. Joseph Churba.
On the first day of the meeting, a ceremony was held at the facilities of The Washington Times, during which Dr. Joseph Churba, president of the ISC, presented an award to True Father in recognition of his extraordinary contribution to world peace. The award was a replica of a magnificent 19th-century French sculpture entitled "Winged Victory." The plaque on its pedestal reads:
A Testimonial Of Respect and Gratitude to the Reverend Sun Myung Moon Whose Singular Recognition Of the Free World's Responsibility for the Establishment of World Peace Led Him to Found And Support The International Security Council International Advisory Board International Security Council Oct. 18, 1987 Washington, D.C.
Ambassador Sang Kook Han, member of the ISC Advisory Board and senior vice president of News World Communications, received the award on True Parents' behalf. Dr. Churba, in presenting the award, said that Rev. Moon is a true world patriot and understands the threat of Soviet totalitarianism better than most government defense experts. He added that he was deeply remiss for not honoring and thanking the sponsors sooner for their generosity and the editorial freedom the ISC had been given.
At the program's conclusion a press reception was held at the Willard Inter-Continental Hotel, which was attended by about 50 members of the Washington press corps. There Dr. Churba presented a trophy to Ambassador Charles M. Lichtenstein, chairman of the ISC Board of Advisors, former assistant to Jeanne Kirkpatrick, and U.S. Deputy Representative to the United Nations Security Council. In a beautiful and eloquent testimony, Ambassador Lichtenstein thanked CAUSA International for its support. He publicly described the relationship as being totally free of any editorial control and said that CAUSA only wants to serve mankind.
Against great opposition, the International Security Council has set for itself an enormous task: completely reshaping the foundations for strategic thinking in the West. Through exposing the truth about communism and promoting world harmony, the ISC is working toward the very real goal of world peace -- a necessary precedent for the Kingdom of Heaven. Its work is fundamentally based on a most crucial assumption and hope: that the free world has the will not only to survive, but to prevail.