By: Dr. Joseph P. Farrell
A few days ago you’ll recall I posted a “tidbit” article about Japan’s apparent lack of a “Muslim terrorist problem,” and the reasons for that lack, namely, a policy that makes it all but impossible for Muslim’s to gain entry to that country, and a policy on the part of the Japanese government that essentially deems Islam as fundamentally incompatible with Japanese culture, institutions, and democracy. This in itself would seem to point out the politically hypocrisy that reigns int some places in the West, and particularly its political left, for I don’t recall hearing anyone in the United Kindgom recently suggesting that no Japanese should ever be allowed to visit that country. At the time I posted that tidbit blog, I didn’t comment about it, but there was method to my madness, for I also suggested in yesterday’s blog about China’s call for a new global security policy, that Japan’s rearmament under Mr. Abe’s government might have as much to do about terrorism, as anything else, and the need to be able to intervene should any threat emerge to Japan’s energy supplies.
I have also suggested, in past articles and blogs, that Mr. Abe’s rearmament policy, while it might be publicly sold and spun as compliance to Washington’s wishes, and to contribute to its “Pacific pivot,” was also covertly about Japan’s probable, though never voiced, hesitancy over its relationship to Washington, its current reliance on American power for its own national defense, and America’s growing “craziness” on the international stage. In short, it’s a case of “with friends like this, who needs enemies,” and “can we really trust them for our defense?” I suspect Mr. Abe’s government and the quiet circles of Japanese power have answered that last question with a no, in which case, Japan needs to be able to defend itself against all potential threats. And let’s face it, a larger Japanese military will give it greater leverage and maneuverability on the geopolitical stage, transforming the Pacific from a one or at best two-power show between China and America, into a three-power show.
But I also suggested in yesterday’s blog that Mr. Abe’s rearmament might also have to do with something else, and that is, Japan’s ability to interdict any potential terrorist threat, and to respond accordingly.
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