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Commentary :: International
An Appeal for Article 9
27 Aug 2005
On the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II, an appeal for international action for peace through Article 9, the war-renouncing clause of the Constitution of Japan....

By Brian Covert
Independent Journalist

HYOGO, JAPAN -- Today, August 15, marks 60 years since the end of World War II, a war that took millions of lives and changed the course of history. All around the world today, it is a time for quietly reflecting on where the human race has been and where it's bound.

Nowhere is that more true perhaps than here in Japan, which had been both the victimizer and the victim in that war. Sixty years on, Japan has yet to deal as a nation with the magnitude of the killing and suffering it caused in neighboring Asian nations and elsewhere; the same can also be said of the United States and its horrendous atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and every war that America was waged around the world since then.

But this special day of remembrance marks not only a time of much-needed reflection on the most basic issues of life and death, peace and war. It is also marks a time for much-needed action....

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