I have just returned to my hotel from a 45-minute audience with His Imperial Highness the Crown Prince of Japan. Last Tuesday and Wednesday I was in Okinawa. I had gone there at the suggestion of Prime Minister Sato of Japan. It may well be called one of the trouble spots of the world.
When I was here in December an anti-United States riot occurred there on the day of my arrival. Okinawa is the principal U.S. military base between the U.S. and the Vietnam war. Entire island is under U.S. military government. Some 800,000 Okinawan citizens are Japanese people. The whole government is scheduled to revert back to Japan next year.
I interviewed the Japanese Chief Executive there, Lt. General Lampert, who is High Commissioner and President of the University. I also spoke at a banquet there to some 35 leading citizens and their wives. I will say to you what I said to them:
I am now completing my third round-the-world trip in six months. Everywhere I find troubles, high tensions, frightening evils, problems that governments CANNOT SOLVE!
In Jerusalem I had a long talk with Mrs. Golda Meir, the Prime Minister. She explained the high tensions between Israel and the Arab nations merely in an armistice. Actually the '67 war has not yet been settled. Jerusalem, as I have told you before, will be the number one news source in the world from now on.
At New Delhi last December, Mrs. Indira Gandhi, the Prime Minister, explained to me in a half-hour interview the overwhelming problems of starvation and death, poverty, illiteracy, filth and squalor. And besides, thousands of refugees pouring daily into India from both East and West Pakistan — poverty stricken and needing to be taken care of. It is a pitiful and hopeless situation.
In Nepal I had interviews with both the King and the Crown Prince. They told me of their insolvable problems of getting education and other help to the isolated mountain people.
At Bangkok I had a fantastic audience with the King of Thailand — formerly Siam — in, which for an hour and a half he poured out his heart to me of the problems in his country. It was a heart-rending, emotional experience, difficult to keep the tears back. He said nobody could help him with these overwhelming problems and burdens unless I, perhaps, personally could. He said, with some emotion, he would welcome any ideas, suggestions, or help I might be able to give and asked me to come again.
At Manila, in September, President Ferdinand Marcos told me of the serious problems they have in the Philippines and what he is doing to help. But, of course, it is only a start. Everywhere I find on personal contacts with heads of nations, the world's troubles, problems and evils are completely beyond the human ability of Kings, Presidents, Prime Ministers or their Governments to solve. It is like the U.S. News and World Report said more than a year ago. It seems now that the only hope of preventing the erasing of all humanity from the earth lies in the intervention of an unseen strong hand from someplace.
You and I are shouldered with that gigantic commission to prepare the way for the intervention of that strong hand that will usher in at last the happy, joyous and peaceful WORLD TOMORROW. You and I are having a part in changing the world and in saving the whole world before all human life is blasted from this earth!
Isn't that honor and responsibility worth sacrificing for? NOTHING else is important anymore.
I am doing my utmost to carry out my part. Giant doors are being opened before me and I am walking through them. But I can only do my part as you make sacrifice and generously do your part. It is URGENTLY needed in the most important work on earth!