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Menschenrechtsklage/Human Rights Complaint
Is Germany actually blocking the development of the UNITED NATIONS to become an effective System of Collective Security?
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by Klaus Schlichtmann
Deutsch lernen in Tokio?
Täglich sterben über einhunderttausend Menschen an Hunger.
·Wie werde ich friedensaktiv ?·
THE YOMIURI SHIMBUN, Letters to the Editor, 15 Feb. 2004
could have been avoided
I appreciated the series by Yomiuri Shimbun Senior Editor Hiroyuki Fuse on the Russo-Japanese War (“Legacy of war,” Jan. 29-31), which was informative.
Another interesting feature of the Russo-Japanese War was the great moral and material support the Russians received from the German Emperor, William II, who not only encouraged his cousin, the czar, whom he addressed as “Dear Nicky” to fight the “Yellow Peril,” but also supplied much needed coal to the Russian fleet on its passage from the Baltic to the North Sea.
The whole bloody war could have been averted if there had been an agreement at the Hague Peace Conference in 1899 to adopt binding international jurisdiction as a means to solving disputes between countries instead of going to war, an effort that Germany vehemently opposed, against the overwhelming majority of the nations participating, and which led to the failure of the Conference.
In spite of that the International Court of Arbitration was created in 1899, and Japan expressed its willingness to put the dispute with Russia before the Court, which at the time consisted merely of a list of judges.
Even today, Germany continues to be opposed to collective security, i.e. the organization of peace and security as spelled out in the UN Charter and a number of national constitutions, and it has not submitted to the jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice, an essential component for an effective System of Collective Security – not to be confused with collective self-defense.
Hidaka, Saitama Prefecture
フリードリッヒ • ニーチェ:
Human, All too Human
284 The means to real peace. -
No government nowadays admits that it maintains an army so as to satisfy occasional thirsts for conquest; the army is supposed to be for defence. That morality which sanctions self-protection is called upon to be its advocate. But that means to reserve morality to oneself and to accuse one‘s neighbour of immorality, since he has to be thought of as ready for aggression and conquest if our own state is obliged to take thought of means of self-defence; moreover, when our neighbour denies any thirst for aggression just as heatedly as our State does, and protests that he too maintains an army only for reasons of legitimate self-defence, our declaration of why we require an army declares our neighbour a hypocrite and cunning criminal who would be only too happy to pounce upon a harmless and unprepared victim and subdue him without a struggle. This is how all states now confront one another: they presuppose an evil disposition in their neighbour and a benevolent disposition in themselves. This presupposition, however, is a piece of inhumanity as bad as, if not worse than, a war would be; indeed, fundamentally it already constitutes an invitation to and cause of wars, because, as aforesaid, it imputes immorality to one‘s neighbour and thereby seems to provoke hostility and hostile acts on his part. The doctrine of the army as a means of self-defence must be renounced just as completely as the thirst for conquest. And perhaps there will come a great day on which a nation distinguished for wars and victories and for the highest development of military discipline and thinking, and accustomed to making the heaviest sacrifices on behalf of these things, will cry of its own free will: ,we shall shatter the sword‘ - and demolish its entire military machine down to its last foundations. To disarm while being the best armed, out of anelevation of sensibility - that is the means to real peace, which must always rest on a disposition for peace: whereas the so-called armed peace such as now parades about in every country is a disposition to fractiousness which trusts neither itself nor its neighbour and fails to lay down its arms half out of hatred, half out of fear. Better to perish than to hate and fear, and twofold better to perish than to make oneself hated and feared - this must one day become the supreme maxim of every individual state! - As is well known, our liberal representatives of the people lack the time to reflect on the nature of man: otherwise they would know that they labour in vain when they work for a ,gradual reduction of the military burden‘. On the contrary, it is only when this kind of distress is at its greatest that the only kind of god that can help here will be closest at hand. The tree of the glory of war can be destroyed only at a single stroke, by a lightning-bolt: lightning, however, as you well know, comes out of a cloud and from on high. (R.J. Hollingdale, transl., Human, All Too Human. A Book for Free Spirits, Cambridge Texts in the History of Philosophy (1996), pp. 380-81)