War and Peace
Is war inevitable? Can war be prevented?
History tells us that there were wars,great or small,
in every century, in every decade.
Throughout the ages, from the Stone Age to the Atomic Age,
men have been fighting,first with swords and shields,
then with guns and cannons,
and now,hydrogen bombs and missiles are used for military purposes.
But,in spite of all these, it is still my belief that war can be prevented
and peace can be won but it requires the effort of each and every one of us,
and everyone in the world.
I am sure that we would not like to experience another world war.
If it ever happens, two-thirds of the world
and much of the civilization which men have gained through time,
patience and effort will be destroyed.
Will the remaining one-third of the world be able to survive on its own?
Our task now is not to blame the past, but to plan for the future.
If there is peace in the world,
men can use their rockets to explore the mystery of space,
their submarines to explore the depth of the sea,
their missiles to deliver mail
and their fine equipment to penetrate the jungles of Africa,
instead of using them militarily.
Governments can use their money to build more schools,
so that more children can be educated to be useful citizens.
Scientists can use atomic energy to propel steamers and planes.
They can also devise new machines to increase the production of goods
and thus improve the way people live their lives.
How can a peaceful world be achieved? It requires,in my opinion,
the understanding and friendship of all the peoples from all nations.
Let no one suffer discrimination by reason of colour, race,
religion or national origin.
Let the rich support the poor and the strong help the weak.
We know that neither peace nor such a dream world
can come true in a day or a month.
It may even take decades or centuries But let us plan and begin now.