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World Law

By Rutagengwa Claude Shema

Regional Coordinator

Great Lakes Peace Initiative (GLPI)


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     Grenville Clark, the co-author with Louis B. Sohn of "World
Peace Through World Law," rode through a town in the Midwest around
the beginning of the 20th century.  He noticed that every man was
carrying two loaded guns in his belt.  A year later he returned and
was surprised to see that nobody had a gun.  He asked people what
had happened.  "Shortly after you left," someone told him, "there
was a series of fatal shootings.  A judge passed through our town
and offered to come by once a week to sit to court if we would
agree to give up our guns and appoint a sheriff.  We thought, why
not try, and have indeed felt much safer since then."  The same
simple insight still has to dawn on the leaders of the world's


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