Tuesday, November 11, 2008
On this day, when we honor those who died in war, perhaps it is appropriate to address the subject of peace.
On November 6th I participated in the Blog Blast for Peace. Mimi, who hosts this peace movement, tells us that this time there was a participant from Japan. He called himself Jumping Neko Punch. I believe there is a language problem here, at least for me. I do not really understand that name. Nor do I understand his theme: Cats Save the World? But I definitely understand that he translated for us Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution.
It reads as follows:
1.) 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.
2.) 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.
Can you imagine what it would mean if all nations possessed a constitution like that one?
He also designed a video to go with his Peace Globe. When Mimi asked him to clarify what he had written, he even designed an English blog for us. If you would like to see it, and to see the video, please use this link: an English blog