As the world watches the Syrian conflict expand into what may be yet another Mideast war, I saw the following comment by contributing editor Stephen Bates in the recent issue of The Wilson Quarterly. He was commenting on the competition in the late 1940’s between various American cities vying to have the UN locate its proposed headquarters in those cities.
“… in 1945, E. B. White remarked that the ideal home for the UN would be adjacent to Dinosaur Park, an attraction in the Black Hills featuring life-size beasts cast from concrete. “Here let the new halls be built,” White wrote in The New Yorker , “so that earnest statesmen, glancing up from their secret instructions from the home office, may gaze out upon the prehistoric sovereigns who kept on fighting one another until they perished from the earth.”