NATO is protecting. NATO is security. NATO is peace. This picture, taken during a walk through The Hague, the International City of Peace and Justice, perfectly captures the essence of what NATO means to me. In protecting the freedom and security of its members through political and military means, NATO consequently aims to work toward providing and sustaining a peaceful environment. This picture reaches the heart of that. This sunset with its calming colors overlooking The Hague’s Binnenhof, the heart of Dutch politics, is the epitome of peace. With the sunset’s reflection seen on the Hofvijver Lake, the sense of peace comes full circle. The Hague’s Binnenhof, just like NATO, symbolizes a community coming together to help achieve this sense of peace. The community overlooks and fades into the corner, all the while giving space to the colors and calmness of peace. NATO is peace.