David Rothauser writes:
Global Article 9 has invited me to participate in a 3 day conference in Osaka this October. They’ve asked me to show my Hibakusha film and speak about Article 9 on a global scale. The best I can do is talk about Article 9 from a limited American perspective. Rather than just hear it from me I would like to include some of your ideas about the feasibility of a version of Article 9 in the American constitution.
Therefore would you kindly send me a fairly spontaneous statement of your thoughts and feelings about “Article 9 in America as a means to end war making as a political, economic tool.” I’m including here the wording of Article 9 as it appears in the Japanese Constitution.
“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.
In order 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 above was written by U.S. occupation forces in 1946. Japan has not made war in 67 years.
Please feel free to write your personal thoughts, pro, con or otherwise. Your statements don’t need to be supportive – write what you honestly feel. I would like to receive your statements ASAP so I may incorporate them into my presentation. With the exception of WILPF members please only sign with your personal name, not as representing an official statement from your organization UNLESS IT IS AN OFFICIAL statement.
Keep calm and carry on,