Losing Article 9 would be a Disaster for the entire Human
Dr. Charles Overby
Ohio University Emeritus Professor, founder of The Article
9 Society (U.S.A.)
-----What do you think about the move to revise the Japanese
Article 9 is not just Japan's. It is our human species' cry
for an end to this gross, obscene, and dominantly masculine
game called war.
Most all human beings on planet Earth would like to see an
end to war. But our governments like to have military fists.
To lose Article 9 would be a profound tragedy for the whole
planet, not just Japan.
The Abe government would like to change Article 9, and the
United States is pushing for that, because it would like to
use Japan's Self-defense Forces for fighting and killing in
the wars that it chooses around the world. To allow this to
happen would be a disaster for all people on Planet Earth.
We as a species must prevent this from happening.
-----What is your impression of the movement among Japanese
people to protect Article 9?
I have visited Japan several times in these past 15 years.
When I first started coming to Japan in support of Article
9, several years ago -- there seemed to be stronger public
opinion against changing the constitution. Today, it seems
that more people have a kind of nationalistic feeling ? especially
the young. They tend to think that the constitution was imposed
on them. They foolishly think that Japan ought to be a "normal
nation" which can do military things as the US does.
Young Japanese people who have no experience of war might
be persuaded by their government that it is better to get
rid of Article 9. This is a very sad phenomenon, and I am
not quite sure as to how to deal with that.
In 1998 I wrote a paper for a Ritsumeikan Peace Museum Conference
in Kyoto on this "youthful war experiential ignorance
problem." My paper dealt with the urgency of finding
ways to create what I call a "Generational Learning Function"
that might enable youth to learn from prior generations the
brutal obscenity that is war ? with out their having to learn
this reality the hard way first hand for themselves. In this
paper I focused on "art" in all its beautiful and
creative forms ? as one possible means to help with this urgent,
"generational learning function." This paper is
on my web-site www.article9society.org ? with a title there
of -- "Kyoto98".
We are faced with a huge challenge to change public opinion
in Japan and all around the world with respect to Article
9. We need to educate young Japanese people, and people across
the planet, about how wonderful Japan's constitution is, and
about the multitudes of meaningful and positive things Japan
could, do for peace and justice on Planet Earth -- if it were
to embrace Article 9 as its badge of honor and proceed to
do them. In our book, A Call For Peace: The Implications of
Japan's War-Renouncing Constitution -- I have a list, with
discussion, of positive non-violent and non-military things
that Japan could do for peace and justice on Planet Earth.
(quote from "A Call for Peace")
1. To experiment with and to practice preventive diplomacy
and other forms of war prevention.
2. To reduce population growth.
3. To assist sustainable social and economic development.
4. To overcome world hunger and poverty.
5. To cope with massive refugee problems.
6. To reduce human rights violations.
7. To reduce nuclear arsenals to zero.
8. To stop international trade in conventional weapons.
9. To educate for non-violent action and conflict resolution.
10. To defend themselves with Civilian Based Defense (CBO)
as outlined by Gene Sharp in his book, Civilian-Based Defense:
A Post-Military Weapons System.
11. To Preserve and conserve natural resources, reduce environmental
degradation, design manufacture and market "green technology
by design."(ends quote)
In summary, I think that we have a major public relations
problem. On this trip to Japan I talked about raising a billion
US dollars to invest in public relations so as to educate
Japanese young people and importantly also --people all around
the world about Article 9.  Most people on our planet have
never heard of Article 9, and  most of them do not know
what Japanese and United States governments are trying to
do to kill Article 9, and finally  most people on earth,
Japan included, have not thought about and considered the
multitudes of creative positive and hopeful, non-military,
non-violent things that Japan could do for peace and justice
on our beautiful planet ? if she can be persuaded to do these
things, rather than try to kill Article 9.
I am interested in Article 9 because I see it as an instrument
for helping us keep from ending all life on our beautiful
planet in one of two ways, or a mix of the two -- from 
high tech wars of mass destruction, or  from mindless over
consumption of Earth's bountiful resources -- each leaving
us with a Planet Earth as dead as Planet Mars.
Recognizing that most problems we face on Planet Earth have
no military solutions, we should strive to keep Article 9
alive and thriving as a model for the entire planet, with
Japan demonstrating non-violent, non-military solutions to
these multitudes of problems. Doing this offers us the possibility
of slowing and ultimately ending the ever increasing spiral
of ever more lethal high-tech weapons of mass destruction
as we increasingly fight "resource wars" whether
they be over "oil" as is the present war in Iraq
or over "water" or other resources etc.
As an engineer, I know how we engineers and scientists can
so easily create orders of magnitude more lethal ways to kill
one another. An Article 9 Without Borders ? an Article 9 in
every constitution on Planet Earth would help put an end to
this obscene upward spiral of evermore violent killing systems.
Also as an engineer with experience in government and in
relating technology and public policy, I know that engineers
and scientists in all technologically advanced cultures, if
they are seriously asked by their cultures -- can create orders
of magnitude more -- resource conserving, resource war preventing,
ecosphere pollution preventing and global-warming preventing
technologies and systems. These kinds of systems, I call,
"GTBD" ? "Green Technology By Design."
The reality is that we in the technologically advanced culture
have almost completely failed to ask this of our scientists
and engineers. This failure is especially true for the USA.
In summary, we do not have to fight resource wars, we to
not have to pollute the environment, and we do not need to
cause global warming. We do need to begin to practice GTBD.
Please see our book, A Call For Peace: .. for much discussion
on these matters and possibilities.
Thirty years ago, I worked in a United States Congressional
office called the Office of Technology Assessment. My professional
engineering job was to study some of the enormity of the United
States' resource consumption, our profligate wastefulness
and the pollution we cause ? and to make some public policy
suggestions for improvement.
My ideas for GTBD were born out of this Washington experience
in synergistic flux with things I learned from my 1981 Japan,
Chubu University ? Ohio University visiting professorship
-- about how Japanese engineers and scientist's ability to
do "quality and reliability by design" almost drove
the USA automobile industry into bankruptcy in the late 1970s
and early 1980s.
A Japan that embraces Article 9 as its badge of honor and,
with its scientists and engineers, demonstrating to the entire
world the practice of GTBD -- can significantly and magnificently
contribute to the prevention of "resource wars,"
"ecosphere pollution," and "global warming"
? as one of Japan's contribution for world peace and justice
-----How well do people in the USA know about the move to
change Japan's constitution? If they know something about
it, what is their opinion?
Almost all Americans are completely ignorant about Article
9 and everything related to its existence. Let me illustrate
the gross ignorance of most US citizens with respect to Japanese?US
matters with a little story of the difficulty I had in trying
to get information on your Prime Minister Abe's recently passed,
"referendum bill." At the same time I will show
how US media across the entire media spectrum, completely
failed to inform US citizens on these most urgently important
matters concerning US-Japan relations.
When Japan's "referendum bill" came up, I tried
unsuccessfully for some time to find an English language translation
of this bill so that I could understand more clearly what
it proposed. I then asked Ohio University library's government
document section for some help. Our Ohio University librarian
professionals also came up with a zero result. No English
language translation of this "bill" on this very
important Japanese ? USA matter could be found. In their search,
our librarians even contacted the US Secretary of State and
the Department of Defense. Unfortunately, no English language
translation of the "referendum bill" could be found
Finally, knowing that Prime Minister Abe was to meet in late
April 2007 for two days with President Bush -- I carefully
read three US weekly news magazines Time, U.S. News and World
Report, and Newsweek. -- and The New York Times newspaper
? hoping to find some reports on Bush-Abe discussions on US-Japan
relations including Abe's proposed "referendum bill."
I read these major US "news--materials" covering
a period from the week before Abe's arrival to two weeks after
he had been here. Guess what? Two of the US weekly news magazines
never even reported that Abe was coming to or had been in
America. The one weekly US news magazine and that august New
York Times newspaper that did report something on Abe's visit
dealt with only one topic ? Japan's World War II use of "comfort
This illustrates why most Americans know nothing about Japan,
or Article 9, or about US-Japanese attempts to kill Article
9. In two days of discussions between the world's two most
powerful economically and militarily linked economies ? the
only thing that two out of four major US news information
sources discussed about Abe's visit, was Japan's tragic and
obscene "comfort women" matter in which the Japanese
military forcefully conscripted East Asian women to satisfy
the sexual needs of its soldiers. This "comfort women"
issue illustrates the criminal debauchery to which governments
can stoop in times of war ? and all nations, excluding none,
have these debauchery genes in their genetic codes -- and
must be restrained in these matters by their citizens. But
is this, over 60 year old war-crime, more important than letting
people know a little about what is going on in matters that
relate to future species life and death on Planet Earth ?
Abe's referendum bill that would enable the USA to use Japanese
soldiers in wars of US choosing around the world? I think
-----We, Japan Institute of Constitutional Law, have started
a web, in English language too, to send information regarding
Japan's constitution. May we have your suggestion on how we
should manage and utilize the web?
Four years ago, I met Mr. Makoto Ito. I was very impressed
with his perception and attitude on the constitutional issues.
I think it is great that you are doing this English language
web site. This is a beautiful effort.
I also have a feeble web site. But these web sites, perhaps
yours and definitely mine, are still very small, compared
to the need to educate people in Japan, in the USA and around
the world on the matters we have discussed earlier in this
interview. In view of the vast ignorance here in Japan and
across the entire planet about these very important matters
on war and peace -- our tiny efforts are still overwhelmed
by the Japanese and US governments' lies and propaganda in
favor of Japan once again becoming a so-called "normal
nation." The American people were also overwhelmed by
their government's lies and propaganda as to its need to preemptively
With governments so powerful in these information matters,
and with the media in our nations so easily compliant to governmental
interests -- I conclude in my 2007 Japan "paper-in?progress"
that we somehow must find ways to acquire large sums of money
in order to hire appropriately competent and skilled public
relations firms to assist us in even beginning to educate
Planet Earth's people about Japan's beautiful Article 9 and
related constitutional Preamble material.
I am not a web-site designer, or one who knows much about
these matters. However I make this final comment on the designing,
planning, and managing of your English language web site.
?I have some confidence in the youth of Japan, America and
elsewhere around the planet ? in their ability to use their
computer systems expertise in creative, energetic ways to
 overcome and transcend governments' propaganda power --
and  to unleash some artistically new and strikingly original
means to capture Planet Earth's people with creative ideas
for "Imagining The Magic of An Article 9 Without Borders."
Our challenge also lies in how to find and enlist the energies
of these youthful talents for our important cause ? namely
that of having Planet Earth become one on which Article 9
lives in all nations ? that is a world of "Article 9
Without Borders." Perhaps we need to locate these "youthful
talents" by our invention of some kind of an inexpensive
contest for "Youthful Internet Creativity" that
would tap into the idealism and "exuberance gene"
of bright and "idea fertile" youth so as to elicit
their proposals for ways to accomplish items  and  that
I just mentioned above.
A Brief Charles
Overby Bio - "a road less traveled by." [PDF]
Chuck Overby 2007 Japan Trip
Imagine The Magic of an Article 9 -- Without Borders
 Hello my dear Japanese Article 9 loving friends. As the
famous 19th Century British author, Charles Dickens, said
at the beginning of his novel on the French Revolution, The
Tale of Two Cities, --
"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times,
it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it
was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it
was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair c"
 Today as your Prime Minister Shinzo Abe lusts to destroy
our "all humanity's treasure," Article 9, with President
Bush and his neo "con-men" enthusiastically encouraging
him to hurry up and get it done - it is difficult for me to
see "the best of times", "the age of reason,"
"the season of light, or "the spring of hope."
I sense that we are in - "the worst of times," "the
age of foolishness," "the season of darkness,' and
"the winter of despair" -- on a multitude of dimensions,
including prospects for Article 9's longevity.
 But, a sense of "bad times," "foolishness,"
"darkness," and "despair" - and the anger
and anguish that these feelings generate within us - might
also be the "womb of hope" out of which dreams and
creativity can lead us to non-violently overcome our anguish
and despair. After a brief elaboration on a few dimensions
of our "state of hopelessness" - I will share a
couple of kernels of hope and possibility with you -  a
proposed US "Veterans for Peace" (VFP) amendment
to the United States Constitution modeled after your Article
9, and  some of my dreams for a Japan that demonstrates
world-class leadership, with Article 9 as its badge of honor
in non-violent, non-military solutions of multitudes of contemporary
species and Planet Earth problems (most all of which have
no military solutions what-so-ever).
 First, let me tell you how I was led by one of my favorite
literary artist's, US novelist Kurt Vonnegut -- to the Charles
Dickens quote with which I began this presentation. Vonnegut
cited Dickens "the best and worst of times" in a
speech that he wrote in February, 2007. Sadly he died on April
11th, before he could present it. His son, Mark Vonnegut,
read his speech for him at a memorial program honoring this
creative iconoclastic United States literary artist. Here
is a short excerpt from Vonnegut's last speech that pithily
says much on our US culture - and perhaps more broadly for
cultures across the planet who now increasingly seem inclined
to worship at the shrine of an unfettered so-called, "free-market"
god. Here it is.
"There is good news and bad news tonight. This is the
best of times and the worst of times. So what else is new?
The bad news is that the Martians have landed in Manhattan
and have checked in at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. The good
news is they only eat homeless people of all colors, and they
 The insanity of present times can be illustrated with
multitudes of examples, in addition to the one that mainly
concerns us here -- Japanese and US governmental attempts
to destroy Article 9 - and the mind-boggling consequences
in Asia and around the world if Article 9 is emasculated.
 Let me start with some of the unhappy things happening
in Japan and then add a few other unhappy things about my
culture that I have absorbed from 81 years of "being"
as an American citizen and veteran of two of America's wars
- World War II and Korea (B-29 combat pilot in Korea.). Then
I will emerge from this ["foolishness"-- "darkness"
-- and "despair"] milieu of "bad times"
-- with my dream and hope for what Article 9 might mean for
all of us on Planet Earth - if we as a species can keep your
Japanese and my US governments from Article 9 homicide. Along
the way I will share some references with you where you might
go to read more. Unfortunately, all my references are in the
Some Abe Bad News
 Prime Minister Abe's passion to change Article 9 and his
current efforts to pass a "referendum bill" to so
as to pave the way for this eventuality - leaves me as a gaijin,
confused, fearful, and angry.
 I am confused because I have found it almost impossible
to find, in America, any information through our media, and
even through our library systems - on this "referendum
bill." I have been scanning newspapers, weekly news magazines,
and through Ohio University Alden Library for some time trying
to find an English language version of the bill - so that
I could read and try to understand what it is all about. I
have been able to read some of the pro and con commentary
in the English language edition of The Japan Times, but unfortunately
the bits and pieces that I have read leave me still being
confused. I have tried through some Japanese friends, both
academic and non-academic ones and have received "bits
and pieces" from some of them - but they also have not
been able to produce an English language copy of this bill.
 Thus, my dear Japanese Article 9 loving friends I am
poorly informed about this latest step on the way to Article
9's destruction - Abe's "referendum bill" and also
about other of his chauvinistic passions, for example - to
dictate "patriotism" with the December 2006 revision
of Japan's "Fundamental Law of Education." Therefore,
I plead with you to help educate me on these very important
matters here when I am with you in Japan. For more information
on my and America's ignorance in these matters, please see
my endnotes .
 I am fearful and angry because of the massive destabilization
and resurgence of an arms race in Asia and, elsewhere in the
world too, that will occur if and when Japan emasculates its
promise to all those countries that it invaded and occupied
in World War II to "renounce war as a sovereign right
of the nation. That promise was Article 9.
More Bad News - US Brand
 The US government is presently pushing the Japanese government,
directly and indirectly, to kill A9 so that we can use Japanese
soldiers to do our killing in wars in that region of the world,
and elsewhere too. Japan's new conservative Prime Minister,
Abe, is war-experientially ignorant. He was born after WW-II
so he has no experiential understanding of what it means to
have all of Japan's major cities flattened with fire bombing
and of course - Hiroshima and Nagasaki nuclearly vaporized.
Abe is presently lusting to emasculate Article 9 so that Japan
can more freely join the USA in using its military fist around
the world - sadly in situations that almost always have no
 Of course - we (the USA) stupidly assume that we will
perpetually be supervising things for Japan's wars. Meanwhile
all of Asia - is becoming profoundly concerned about what
is going on, and making preparations to increase military
spending so as to counter Japan's potential destruction of
Article 9. In many ways, as scholars like Chalmers Johnson
have said, and with which I agree, Article 9 was Japan's hugely
significant apology to all if its neighbors - and to all humanity
on Planet Earth for its war behavior in WW-II. This Article
9 apology, something that no other powerful nation has ever
done for so long -- has been a significant contributor to
stability in the region.
 Japan's wish to kill Article 9, and the resultant new
arms race in Asia -- makes it financially wise to invest in
US weapon's manufacturer's stock. We have already enriched
US companies like Raytheon who is significantly benefiting
from the Bush administration's arrogant unilateral militarist
international behavior with North Korea. The USA has recently
(summer of 2006) offered to provide Japan with 80 more of
Raytheon's Patriot interceptor missiles for Japan's so-called
ballistic missile shield -- and Japan has apparently agreed
to buy them. Raytheon stockholders smile all the way to the
More US Bad News -Oil-Resource Wars
 The United States is currently engaged in a preemptive
(and dominantly oil resource) high technology "Shock
and Awe" war on Iraq, enabled with the aid of Goebbelsian
like governmental lies and propaganda. This "oil-resource-war"
behavior" arrogantly fails to address the real problem
- America's and the world's immensely wasteful and poorly
designed resource consuming, ecosphere polluting, and global
warming technology systems. We fail by not seriously and strongly
promoting -- research, development, production, and export
of massively improved technology systems, including clean
alternative energy sources - like solar with all its wonderful
possibilities. Much of that which we fail to do - I refer
to as GTBD (Green Technology by Design.) I also have another
brief "Mini-Topic" paper with me on this trip, titled
-- "Article 9 and Resource War and Global Warming Prevention"
-- that touches on GTBD.
 Rather than clean up our own act and become less arrogantly
profligate - we with our "big-military-muscle" prefer
to use military force to keep the oil flowing. In so doing
we also create a significant "free-market" failure.
The so-called "unfettered-free- market" does not
reflect the huge military fist subsidy for imported oil. Engineers
draw erroneous conclusion when they do their engineering-economy
"calculus of pleasure and pain" (benefit/cost calculations)
without including this unrecognized subsidy.
 It is also difficult to adequately include "externality
cost" in engineering-economy calculations - that is,
the negative long term, commons , and "future-generation"
costs in our choices of technology systems. We "discount'
the future" - using compound interest methods called
"discounted cash flow, etc.
More US Bad News - RRW
 The US government is rightly concerned with the proliferation
of nuclear weapons around the world. We currently focus on
North Korea and Iran, conveniently overlooking recent "nuke"
developments in Pakistan and India, and forgetting that we
did not find "nuke development" in Iraq. Nukes in
Iraq was one of the chief stated reasons for our current "shock
and awe" preemptive war there - reasons that we increasingly
learn were based on intelligence cooked to serve the ideological
needs of Bush's neo-"con-men."
 Meanwhile the US prepares to further jeopardize international
nuclear nonproliferation efforts by seeking to improve its
nuclear arsenal with some things called the "Reliable
Replacement Warhead" (RRW) - and "Complex 2030."
 RRW refers to a new Bush Administration proposed program
for designing and developing replacement warheads for our
current abundant stock of 10,000 nuclear warheads. "Complex
2030" refers to a long term $150 billion "upgrade"
for US's nuclear weapons production system. 2030 is the proposed
date of completion.
 As the FCNL (Friends Committee on National Legislation)
says, "The U.S. cannot in good faith call on other nations
to stop the production of new nuclear weapons while U.S. scientists
are spending billions to develop a new generation of deadly
More US Bad News -US National Security Strategy & Rogue
 These US behaviors and violations of international treaties
remind me of what the National Security Strategy of the United
States of America (NSS) says about "rogue states"--
those who violate international treaties etc. If you have
not looked at this short 31 page document, NSS, that was published
on September 17, 2002 a year after the 9/11 tragedy - I encourage
you to do so. It lays out the rationale for most of the Bush
Administration's arrogant, preemptive, and unilateralist actions
up to the present. You might find it by typing its name into
your web-browser - "National Security Strategy of the
United States of America."
 Chapter V, page 14, the NSS discusses some of the attributes
of "rogue states" - those who wish to harm us. They
are states who "c display no regard for international
law, threaten their neighbors, and callously violate international
treaties to which they are a party." My goodness, this
excerpt seems to quite well define the United States itself.
To understand this, let me list just a few of the USA's recent
disregards of international law and treaties to which we are
a party.  The Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (the US has
never ratified this treaty and is now planning to build "mini-nukes"
for preemptive deep underground strikes - a destabilizing
act that may well unleash a new round of nuclear testing);
 The Mine Ban Treaty;  The Chemical Weapons Convention;
 The Bioweapons Protocol;  The Anti-Ballistic Missile
Treaty (Bush unilaterally withdrew the US from this treaty
so as to push ahead with missile defense systems);  The
Child Soldiers Protocol;  The International Criminal Court;
 The Small Arms Action Plan;  The Kyoto Protocol; 
The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT)
More US and Japan Bad News - North Korea
 I know that you in Japan have some special concerns with
respect to North Korea that get you excited. Let me mention
just two of them --  a stupid abduction of a few Japanese
citizens by North Korea many years ago, and  nuclear bomb
and missile developments in North Korea. I will come back
to these two issues shortly, but first I think we need to
briefly examine the nature of the instability on the Korean
peninsula. I think that a significant part of the instability
problem with North Korea arises out of US policy there for
over a half century. Please see my web site, www.article9society.org
for an elaboration in other papers on this North Korea issue
- especially the papers for my 2003 and 2005 trips to Japan.
 The USA has been threatening this "economically
very poor" country, North Korea, for the past half century,
including nuclear threats, while it refuses to sit down and
work bilaterally with North Korea on a peace treaty to replace
the July 27, 1953 truce. The USA has not been supportive of
former South Korean president Kim Dae Jung's hopeful and creative
so-called "Sunshine Policy" of creative engagement
with the North. Nor has the US been supportive of Kim Dae
Jung's successor, Roh Moo-Hyun's interest in continuing to
reach out to the North in creative engagement rather than
with threats of violence. With relatively few exceptions,
the US's policy with North Korea has been one of threats of
 One exception to this generally steady US policy of threats
of violence came in 1994 when former President Jimmy Carter
(with some displeasure from the Clinton Administration) brokered
a deal with the North, called the "Agreed Framework"
in which the North's nuclear ambitions would be set aside
in return for several changes in US behavior. Things were
slowly working their way toward some kind of a non-violent
resolution of the so-called North Korean problem - then in
2000 came a new President, Bush and his neo-"con-men,"
and President Bush's appointment of John Bolton, a neo-con
ideologue of the fiercest kind as "Undersecretary of
State for Arms Control and International Security Affairs."
Almost immediately there was a change in US policy when in
October 2002 the US accused the North of cheating on its obligations
under the 1994 "Agreed Framework." There has been
much discussion on this October 2002 charge by the Bush Administration
that signaled a more militant approach to North Korea -- with
some feeling that it was based on shaky, perhaps ideologically
driven intelligence information, similar to the flawed intelligence
argument for our "Shock and Awe" attack on Iraq
to get Saddam's nuclear weapons - that turned out not to be
The Abduction Issue
 The abduction issue is a sad one for those poor people
who were abducted, and for their families -- and it was a
stupid act by North Korea. Your press, TV, and other media,
as is also true in America -- find these kinds of tragic stories
helpful in selling newspapers and in attracting viewers in
search of titillation to fill a bit of the void in perhaps
somewhat vacuous and profligate consumption driven lives.
 Your government, also as in America, likes tragedies
as means to keep people distracted from other truly significant
and genuine societal problems and/or to keep them angry at
and fearful of "an enemy" or a "potential enemy"
so as to make it easier to do other things - in Japan's case,
to help make a case for emasculating Article 9 and/or to spend
much money on worthless missile defense systems that enrich
US weapons companies like Raytheon. The August 25, 2006 Japan
Times, English language edition tells that Japan is ready
and willing to buy 80 more US made Patriot missiles. Raytheon
stockholders love the money - they clap their hands all the
way to the bank.
 George Orwell in his book, 1984 so aptly illustrated
these kinds of media and governmental manipulations.
 The sad Terri Schiavo case in March 2005 - where a tragically
brain-dead Florida woman who had been kept alive on a machine
- became a media frenzy that sold many newspapers and glued
many Americans to their TV sets. It also helped President
Bush, for a little while, to distract US citizens from his
disastrous Iraqi "Shock and Awe" war failure --
based on lies and ideologically "cooked-up" intelligence
 It seems to me that reasonable and rational persons might
relatively easily resolve this sorry North Korea abduction
issue quite easily, if there was a will to do so. One must
also put this abduction matter in perspective. Surely it is
not quite as serious as was Japan's 35 year colonial occupation
of the Korean peninsula from 1910 to 1945 - an occupation
that was blessed by then President Theodore Roosevelt - in
such a way as to have it earn him an early Nobel Peace Prize.
How incongruously strange things can be.
The Missile and Nuclear Weapons Issue
 Korean missile and nuclear bomb developments frightens
Japanese citizens so that it makes it easier for your government
to emasculate Article 9 and to buy worthless missile defense
systems from America. My goodness, if I were some kind of
a "rogue state," as the US characterizes North Korea,
or if I was just some non-national group like Al-Qaeda, who
wanted to destroy a city with a nuclear bomb - I surely not
be so stupid as to try and do it with a primitive North Korean
missile like the one that recently flew across Japan. Rather
than a missile to deliver my bomb, I think I would choose
to carry it to my chosen site in a suitcase or some other
unobtrusive kind of container. Perhaps we should have our
US Department of Defense (DOD) ask US universities and colleges
of engineering to submit research and development proposals
for a "suitcase bomb defense shield" (SBDS) rather
than a "missile defense system" (MDS). This could
be a nice new DOD, R&D boondoggle.
Now for a tiny bit of "Good News" -- one item, and
then my "Article 9 Dream."
Some Good News - A VFP Proposed US Constitutional Amendment
Based on Article 9
 In the above "bad news" that I have above
presented to you, it is difficult for me to understand how
any leader of a major economic power such as Japan could see
it in his or her nation's interest to align itself with the
incompetent bungling, stumbling, arrogant, militarist, and
unilateralist international behavior presently being demonstrated
by my nation, the USA. Why, I ask myself, could Japan's leaders,
wish to make themselves subservient to a "rogue state"
like the USA by seeking to become a so-called "normal
nation" once again. "Normal Nation" means -
a nation that can go around the world using its military fist
as its chief means to get its way. I do not have an answer
to my question. Perhaps you can tell me why.
[33 It is also very difficult to find examples of "good
news" to share with you. Let me share just one thing
with which I have personally been involved -- my 16 year effort
to get a new constitutional amendment introduced in our US
Congress, modeled after your great Article 9 Wisdom. On May
21, 2007 -- I placed in the US Postal Mail System, 535 letters
to our Congress (100 in the Senate and 435 in the US House
of Representatives) asking them to introduce an Article 9
type of war-renouncing clause for debate and for reading into
the Congressional Record, the official record of Congressional
business. This proposal was endorsed by a US veteran's organization
to which I belong - Veterans for Peace.
 I have prepared another "Mini-Topic' on the matter
- a short four page document that I hope will be available
to each of you if you wish a copy. It is titled, "VFP
Constitutional Amendment Proposal," and contains 
some discussion on how this came to be,  a copy of the
VFP letter to Congress asking that this be done, and finally
 a copy of the proposed amendment. I will briefly say a
few things about this proposed amendment, and read the amendment
itself. Please note that I do not expect anything significant
to happen with this proposal to the Congress - but it is a
beginning at something that all nations on Planet Earth must
come to do if we are not to become as lifeless as Planet Mars.
Now on to my Article 9 Dream.
More Good News -- My Dream "Imagine The Magic of an
Article 9 - Without Borders."
 At the beginning of this paper before I unloaded much
"bad news" on you I said that a sense of "bad
times," "foolishness," "darkness,"
and "despair" - and the anger and anguish that these
feelings generate within us - might also be the "womb
of hope" out of which dreams and creativity can lead
us to non-violently overcome our anguish and despair. Now
let me share some of my dream for a kind of a Japan different
from the one that Prime Minister Abe and other current Japanese
political leaders seem to seek - namely that Japan become
again a so-called "normal nation" - one that gets
its way in international relations with military force - and
one that does so under the USA's wing.
 I have a dream that one day Japan might rise to the
magnificent opportunity that fate has tossed its way - and
with Article 9 as its badge of honor creatively demonstrate,
as the only major economic power on Planet Earth with this
wisdom in its constitution - alternative non-violent and non-military
means for coping with the multitude of problems that we as
a species face - almost none of which have military solutions.
 I see Article 9 as not belonging to just Japan. I see
it as most all humanity's cry for an end to that dominantly
masculine brutal obscenity called war. I see Article 9 as
an ideal that our species must grow-up to concretely and creatively
embrace, so as not to eliminate ourselves and all other life
on our planet - either  with our multitudinous engineering
and scientific "weapons of mass destruction" (WMD)
creations," or through  ecosphere pollution and global
warming as we profligately and mindlessly worship at the shrine
of our profligate "consumption" god.
 Neither of these dismal prospects need become reality,
if somehow we as a species can keep Article 9 alive with Japan
as a living and working demonstrator of what might be possible.
What is wrong with all the other nations on our planet - allowing
Japan to demonstrate non-violent, non-military solutions for
most of the problems we face? What if somehow we could build
a consensus around the world that we must encourage and allow
one nation on that hopeful potential inherent in all that
Article 9 implies.
 What is wrong with all the other nations on Planet Earth
allowing and encouraging Japan, with Article 9 as its badge
of honor, to safely demonstrate for the rest of the world
what might be done non-militarily and non-violently to cope
with multitudes of earth's problems. I use the words "safely
demonstrate" to indicate that somehow, all other nations
must collectively guarantee Japan's safety as it is allowed
to show the way. If a reconstituted and more democratic United
Nations can come to be, then the UN itself might be that guarantor.
 Until that time, as a starter -- can we imagine all
or most all Asian nations collectively agreeing to guarantee
that none of them will attack Japan, if Japan does not destroy
Article 9, but rather embraces it and proceeds to shift resources
away from its SDF and into demonstrating non-military and
non-violent means to address problems on our planet? These
problems range from global warming and resource war prevention
-- to leading the way, as the only nation to have been assaulted
with nuclear weapons, in using and enforcing Articles 6 and
7 of the 1970 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). Articles
6 and 7 of the NPT read as follows -
 Article 6 -- "Each of the parties to the Treaty
undertakes to pursue negotiations in good faith on effective
measures relating to cessation of the nuclear arms race at
an early date and to nuclear disarmament, and on a treaty
of general and complete disarmament under strict and effective
 Article 7 -- -- "Nothing in this Treaty affects
the right of any group of States to conclude regional treaties
in order to assure the total absence of nuclear weapons in
their respective territories."
 I expand a little on the idea of Japan as a leader in
global warming and resource war prevention in my separate,
"Mini-Topic" paper titled - "Article 9 - And
Resource War and Global Warming - Prevention." This paper
should be available to anyone who wishes a copy of it.
 In our book, A Call For Peace, starting on page 137,
I list and amplify on many more kinds of activities that a
Japan with Article 9 as its badge of honor might do around
the world as its non-violent, non-military means for bringing
peace and justice to Planet Earth. Here is a partial short
list of the multitudes of things that might be done in nonviolence
  experiment with and practice preventive diplomacy
and other forms of war prevention; work to --  reduce population
growth;  assist social and economic development; overcome
world hunger and poverty;  cope with massive refugee problems;
 reduce human rights violations;  reduce nuclear arsenals
to zero;  stop international trade in conventional weapons,
 educate for non-violent action and conflict resolution;
 defend the nation with Civilian Based Defense (CBD) as
outlined by Gene Sharp;  preserve and conserve natural
resources, reduce environmental degradation, design, manufacture,
and market "Green Technology By Design" - GTBD
 If we can find a way to move Japan in this direction
rather than the path that Prime Minister Abe seems to wish
for her - most all people on Planet Earth will rise in gracious
"Wonder and Awe" at such behavior and CRY -- "THANK
YOU JAPAN FOR IMPLEMENTING YOUR WONDERFUL ARTICLE 9 GIFT TO
 Unfortunately, almost no one on earth has ever heard
of your wonderful Article 9 - even much less have they any
idea what-so-ever as to the multitudes of non-violent, non-military
things that Japan might do so as to help bring peace and justice
to our planet.-with Article 9 as its badge of honor and moral
guide. Also, almost nobody on Planet Earth knows about the
passionate ways that Japan and the USA seek to destroy Article
9. Your government and my government and most governments
are so massively addicted to that age old outmoded idea of
a "national right of belligerency" -- that we are
faced with a humongous challenge - to educate the planet about
Article 9 and most importantly about all it might mean if
only we can get many of the rest of the nations to encourage
Japan to keep Article 9 alive and let it be their guide.
 Thus - I make a wildly magnificent proposal that we
must find ways and means to create a "something"
whose objective will be to raise one billion US dollars within
the next two years -- to be used to educate Planet Earth about
Article 9 and all the wonderful non-violent, non-military
things that Japan might do for peace and justice - if she
can be persuaded to take Article 9 as her badge of honor and
demonstrate for all the other nations how we might put an
end to our love for "rules of war" in favor of Japan's
Article 9 "rules of law."
 A billion US dollars is what it costs for six or seven
F-18 military fighter aircraft. I think if we can resolutely
and seriously get our act together - we can do it. I hereby
start this fund-raising with my initial offer of $5,000. All
we need to do now is find another 200,000 donors with $5,000
each, or a few with nice larger gifts -- to help us spread
the Article 9 message around the world and generate some strong
commitments by others to keep it alive. Let us think about
 With these funds we need to hire a truly outstanding
Public Relations (PR) firm and have them creatively help us
educate Planet Earth on this magnificently beautiful and wonderful
wisdom Article 9, and on how we as a species must generate
massive world opinion and energetic actions so as to keep
it from being killed by your Japanese and by my United States
 Let me end this too long a paper with the hope that
you all might read what I have to say, beginning on page 37
of the new preface for our re-issued book, A Call For Peace.
Here I talk about some additional notes of optimism - 
our need to harness the creativeness and energy of our youth
in these endeavors to save Article 9, and  our need to
reach out in an inclusive mode so as to encompass the growing
numbers of new Article 9 support groups that are springing
up around Japan to protest its potential destruction. I am
especially interested in how we might capture and enlist the
creative artistry of youth across Planet Earth, in our efforts
to save Article 9. I am specifically asking for youth who
are so gifted in their use of computer and Internet technology
and systems -- to bring their creative minds and spirit (with
feelings of exuberance) to help us inform and motivate Planet
Earth to demand that the US and Japanese government stop trying
to kill Article 9 - and to allow Japan to demonstrate world-class
non-violent, non-military means to prevent wars, ecosphere
pollution, and global warming, as its contribution to world
peace and justice for this planet's family of woman and man.
It is so absolutely important that we save Article 9 -- we
cannot let it die.