TO: My dear Article 9 loving friends across Japan -
November 1, 2008
Chuck Overby, Ph.D.
1991 Founder of the Article 9 Society,
Ohio University Emeritus Engineering Professor,
World War-II and Korean War Veteran
and, admirer of the University of Wisconsin's
"Sifting and Winnowing" academic freedom search
for truth "wisdom."
As we approach, November 3, 2008, the 62nd anniversary of
the promulgation of Japan's post World-War II Constitution
with its beautiful Article 9 wisdom - I send this message
of "hope" and encouragement as you work to keep
your Article 9 "war-renouncing" treasure alive so
that all humanity and all other life on Earth -- and Planet
Earth herself might have a future.
I know that it is not so easy to find much about which to
have "hope" these days. With the recent collapse
of global "financial markets," and "credit
and economic systems" - where we in the USA have "greed-drivenly"
led the way by excessively worshiping at the shrine of "unfettered
free markets," "deregulation," and "privatization"
- thus destroying "community" while profligately,
wastefully, and unnecessarily over consuming Mother Earth's
beautiful "resource gifts." With this behavior we
have also led the way in "globally warming" ourselves
toward Martian lifelessness while we arrogantly and stupidly
fight "oil resource wars" rather than "clean
up our own profligate act." It is well known around the
globe that the USA is the most arrogantly wasteful nation
on Planet Earth.
Furthermore, "hope" is hard to find when we note
the historically long dismal milieu [especially evident in
the last eight years] in which the United States has been
afflicted by a paranoid delusional myth that its 800 "plus"
foreign world-wide military-base empire would somehow assure
peace and justice on Planet Earth.
Even with "all of the above" my dear Japanese friends
- the flame of my "hope" still flickers. My "hope"
resides in what I "hope" will happen in the United
States on Tuesday, November 4, 2008, one day after your Article
9 "promulgation celebration" in Japan. I "hope"
that on November 4th we will see in America the election of
a new President Barack Obama, who shows signs of wishing to
"change our government's course" - difficult as
that may be. Obama is a person who appears to have the brains,
wit, and wisdom; -- to launch this urgently needed "change
of course" for the USA. If he wins he will also have
driven a bit of a stake into the heart of racism - something
with which we as a culture are still too much afflicted.
I feel that some of the "course changes" for America
that Obama has signaled in his campaign could also be healthy
for Article 9's longevity. The USA, going way back to the
Korean War and perhaps even earlier, has been the chief and
most powerful external force lusting for Japan to destroy
Article 9. The USA has long wished to free-up and unleash
Japanese SDF soldiers for our use in our anticipated Asian
wars rather than using our own US soldiers.
With Obama, I thus see the possibility of a "change of
course" away from our past arrogant, unilateralist, and
militarist thrusts in our relations with other nations to
a new posture of relationships with a more thoughtful, cooperative,
non-violent and non-military flavor. I see an Obama administration
opting less for "rules of war" and more for "rules
of law" - and of course Article 9 is the world's foremost
example of a "rule of law" in relations between
nations. To me this suggests perhaps less USA pressure to
destroy Article 9 -- from an Obama administration.
I have a bit of "hope" that with Obama as America's
next president, Japan might find it easier to do as I have
been suggesting since founding the Article 9 Society in March
1991 - namely for Japan to proudly demonstrate, with Article
9 as its "badge of honor," to all the nations on
our dear and beautiful Planet Earth -- multitudes of non-violent,
non-militarist, cooperative thrusts for peace and justice
around the world. See my books and papers for an elaboration
on these matters.
Almost none of the problems we as a species face have military
solutions. For example, there are no military solutions to
our "oil addiction" or our "drug addiction"
problems -- and yet America has stupidly and arrogantly declared
"wars" and focused and fixated on military means
to cope with these "addiction" problems of ours.
You will note that my letter is quite critical of my country,
the USA, and its militarist path in the past. Please also
note that even though I am critical of my country - I and
millions of my fellow patriotic citizens love this place and
all the opportunities that it has given to us. We simply seek
a less greedy, more humane, just, peaceful, compassionate,
cooperative, and non-militarist America -- so that life and
Planet Earth herself can have a future.
In concluding this note of "hope" my dear Japanese
friends let me also "hope" that you prevail in finding
ways and means to non-violently increase your pressure on
your government to proudly and with honor declare to the entire
Planet -- Japan's intention to make its Article 9 an "Article
9 Without Borders" - that is to spread its "all
humanity's hope" message [Article 9] to all nations and
the United Nations.
Meanwhile, I assure you that I "hope" to continue
until the day I die [and even after my death with a small
Ohio University Alden Library Endowment dedicated to Article
9] -- to seek an Article 9 type amendment to the Constitution
of the United States of America.
Peace and best wishes,