There is a dream dreaming us.
Bushman of Kalahari Land
In Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution the country pledges never to use force except in self-defense. What a wonderful accomplishment it would be if all the nations of the world made this same pledge! Currently some in Japan are working to overturn this article as part of a constitutional revision process. One hopes that instead the Japanese people will choose to retain this Article and thus continue to proclaim that war is not a justifiable solution for resolving differences.
“Aspiring sincerely to an international peace based on justice and order, the Japanese people forever renounce war as a sovereign right of the nation and the threat or use of force as means of settling international disputes.
To accomplish the aim of the preceding paragraph, land, sea, and air forces, as well as other war potential, will never be maintained. The right of belligerency of the state will not be recognized.”
The historic Arms Trade Treaty, passed by the UN General Assembly in April 2013 to regulate Global Arms Sales, is scheduled to go into effect when 50 nations have ratified it. As we each encourage our country leaders to sign this important treaty on June 3 and then to ratify it into national law, let us continue to dream of and work for a world in which such arms treaties are no longer needed.