Have Europeans ever heard of this person?
Have you heard of this person? This person began Europe’s warless and peaceful history. Europe, serving as the launching point for the first and second world wars that caused terrible hurt worldwide, was the site of more conflict and competition in the years afterwards in France and Germany.
Coal and steel resources was the reason for a heated dispute in Europe following the world wars.
In Europe, the regions that produced the best products of coal and steel are Ruhr and Saar.
France and Germany fought many disputes over the ability to expand these regions.
One particular person who had come onto the scene at this time was Jean Monnet.
“Why are we going to war over these areas?” “Instead of war, can’t we administer the coal and steel together?”
Taking notice to Jean Monnet’s idea, French minister Robert Schuman and West Germany’s chancellor Konrad Adenauer presented the “Schuman-Adenauer Declaration” that would administer the coal and steel industry through a transnational organization
Through this, the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC) was born in 1951 with the participation of France, West Germany, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg. Continuing after the ECSC, the European Union was developed and contributed to a Europe without war. In the end due to the dream of one person, Jean Monnet, a warless and peaceful Europe began.
Have you heard of this person who lived in Asia?
Have you heard of this person? This person wanted to make a warless and peaceful Asian history. This person dreamt and acted in order to create a warless and peaceful Asia, 50 years ahead of the EU which started in 1951. In order to form an Asian union, this person was a Korean independence activist designed “On Peace in East Asia” and dedicated their entire life in order to accomplish this.
This person is “Ahn Jung-geun”.
Ahn Jung-geun, 1879-1910. Independence activist! On October 26, 1910, Korean independence activist Ahn Jung-geun killed Ito Hirobumi, Japan’s first prime minister and the first head of the Korean Empire, at Harbin Station in China.Ahn Jung-geun thought of Ito Hirobumi as the instigator to the attack on Korea and a criminal for breaking peace in Asia. Shanghai, China’s daily newspaper reported that Ahn Jung-Geun’s intentions in Harbin were not just of a simple assassination but a revolutionary’s special mission that had the effect that not even one million Chinese soldiers could do.
The Republic of China’s first president Sun Wen even wrote a poem to Ahn Jung-geun.
On the very stage in which he punished Ito Hirobumi hangs the following sign.
“He was shot and killed by an independence activist from Korea at 69”
He who killed Ito Hirobumi for Korea’s independence and gave his life, independence activist Ahn Jung-geun!
So what made him gave his life for his country’s independence?
What kind of words have transcended independence activist Ahn Jung-Geun’s own life? It is indeed “Peace in Asia”.
Peace in Asia! The words Ahn Jung-geun wanted to shout on his final road
On February 14th, 1910, the Japanese judge prosecuted Ahn Jung-geun on charges ofthe assassination of Ito Hirobumi and gave him the death penalty. His voice in that he had killed Ito as the chief of staff for the independence army in the Korean War against Japanese imperialism and not just as a young man from Korea that killed a Japanese man out of personal hatred went ignored. Ahn Jung-geun before his death! A Japanese official tells him to make his final will.
I pray that the Japanese authorities in charge of my final mission today will keep a close eye on my heart and pray for peace in Asia, with no distinction between Koreans and Japanese. I also took this opportunity to ask him to give three cheers for peace in Asia, and he asked me to give him special permission.” At the last moment in the land before his death, Ahn Jung-geun said, ” Long live peace in Asia! ” ” Long live peace in Asia! ”
Ahn Jung-geun’s dream for peace in Asia 100 years ago! East Asian Peace
This is Ahn Jung-geun’s “On Peace in East Asia” that he wrote whilst waiting for his last in Lushun Russo-Japanese Prison.
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It was written in 1910 in the prison of Ahn Jung-geun, a Korean citizen. Of the hundreds of millions of East Asians, how can a man of meaning and justice sit on his hands and wait for the terrible death of the whole East? Also, is it right to do so? So I decided that the idea for the peace of the East was to call the place where the war was fought and negotiated in Harbin, and then to submit an opinion on the issue of peace in the East. Please take a deep look with your own eyes…
Ahn Jung-geun thought that in order to resist colonizationa the hands of the many Imperialist Western nations that were attacking the Asian region at the time, China, Japan, and Korea needed to combine their strengths in order to protect peace in Asia. And in order to convey this dream he started writing “On Peace in East Asia” while in prison but in the end it remained unfinished as he met his death. However, what is not enclosed in his unfinished On Peace in East Asia, is laid out in detail through a recorded conversation with president of the high court, HiraishiUjihito.
Russia will take away China’s Lushun, a port city and center of the East, and Japan will take it away, and China will regain it. Therefore, in order to achieve peace in Asia, Lushun, a troubled hot-spot in Northeastern Asia, needs to become neutral. My new policy for peace in the East is to make Lushun a joint naval port managed by Korea, Japan and China, and to organize and declare an Asian peace conference by sending representatives from three countries. In order to reorganize the Asian peace conference, hundreds of millions of Korean, Japanese, and Chinese citizens would enter as members and raise membership fees. Let’s establish a bank and create a common currency between Korea, China, and Japan. Also, let’s organize a military in which the youth from all three countries participate and to these youth, have them learn two languages and increase their sense of brotherhood. It will promote the development of commerce/trade within Korea, China, and Japan and the word supremacy will disappear and any sort of dispute between them will be unable to appear.
Hereby, India, Thailand, Vietnam, etc. many Asian nations will come to participate in the Asian peace conference on their own volition.
Ahn Jung-geun dreamt while waiting in prison for his death of this formed cooperation between Korea, China, and Japan, a group countermeasure for western imperialist attacks, and Asian-wide and worldwide peace. In addition, in order to achieve this dream, established detailed plans such as the East Asian peace conference organization, Korean, Chinese, Japanese joint naval port, joint military, common bank, common currency, and more.
Above all, in order to block western power, he had other thoughts that differed from Ito Hirobumilike Japan acting as the representative and the center of Asia, unitingwith China and Korea. Ahn Jung-geun dreamt that Korea, Japan, and Chinawould discard the supremacy ideology and equally unite the three countries and cooperate in order for an Asian Union.
Ahn Jung-geun’s dream of“On Peace in East Asia” which is similarto the European Union of present day was something that nobody could even imagine of at the time.
Ahn Jung-geun’s dream is being reborn through 21st century Korean youth! Peace in Asia
These 21st century Korean youth are now writing what Ahn Jung-geun couldn’t write in “On Peace in East Asia” while in prison.
“On Peace in East Asia”,which was stopped 100 years ago by Ahn Jung-geun, is a great gift he left for young Koreans living in the 21st century. Korean youth living in this era will continue to write the empty space left by independence fighter Ahn Jung-geun. My friends from all over the world, please support young Koreans who are making peace in Asia in the 21st century.