By Theodore Shoebat
Japan right now is playing the role of a peacemaker merely worried about the swelling power of China. For example, just today Japan agreed to transfer 700 pounds of plutonium to the United States, and this is considered by Fox News to be “a victory” for Obama’s plan to secure nuclear materials around the world.
This act by Japan is laughable once the entire amount of the country’s plutonium is taken into consideration. Japan agreed to give 700 pounds of plutonium, enough to potentially make 50 nukes. This is nothing. According to information released by the Atomic Energy Commission of Japan, in 2012 Japan possessed 44.3 tons of plutonium, 9.3 tons of which were kept within the country, while 35 tons were kept abroad in countries like the United Kingdom and France. This is enough plutonium to create more than 5000 nuclear bombs. According to Yin Xiaoliang, a researcher with the Institute of Japan Studies at Nankai University, “This even exceeds the 38 tons of weapons-grade plutonium the US previously claimed to hold.”
According to some estimates, Japan has the capabilities to produce nuclear weapons within six months. It is no wonder why Japan, in April of 2013, refused to sign a joint-statement on the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons, in Geneva, Switzerland
Japan’s giving away of 700 pounds of plutonium is merely a show to appear as a nation of peace, and any thought that this is as “victory” for making the world more peaceful is vague and devoid of all foresight. This month Shinzo Abe visited the Anne Frank museum in Amsterdam, a little bit after around 265 copies of Anne Frank’s Diary were ripped apart in 31 libraries in Tokyo. Some people view this as a sign that Abe is a man of peace without intentions of imperialism and war. But why, then, did Abe visit the Yasukini Shrine and worship Japanese war criminals who organized the massacres of millions of Asian people? Why did Abe not apologize to the Chinese and Koreans after pompously denying that any women were raped by Imperial Japanese soldiers in these two countries?
Abe’s visit to the Anne Frank museum was simply done to look admirable to America and Europe, where the Holocaust is something that is rightfully taken seriously. Abe needs the support of Western nations to face China, but he does not need the favor of China, so he without any trouble, worships the massacrers of his enemies. And for those of you who don’t believe that he actually worships war criminals, the official Yasukuni Shrine website clearly states:
Currently, more than 2,466,000 divinities are enshrined here at Yasukuni Shrine. These are souls of men who made ultimate sacrifice for their nation since 1853 during national crisis such as the Boshin War, the Seinan War, the Sino-Japanese and Russo-Japanese wars, World War I, the Manchurian Incident, the China Incident and the Greater East Asian War (World War II). These people, regardless of their rank or social standing, are considered to be completely equal and worshipped as venerable divinities of Yasukuni.
A man who worships war criminals, is someone who wants to organize genocides worthy of a war criminal.
Just last week I wrote that “the prospect of war” between China and Japan “is becoming more and more conspicuous under the horizon of humanity’s ways.”
As is expected, many people laugh at the idea of a revival of Imperial Japan, but in order for such a revival to take place, war must occur, and a Japanese war with China is inevitable. In 2012, Hugh White, professor of strategic studies at Australia National University, declared that war between Japan and China is inevitable. The catalyst to the war will be the pretense of the ownership of the Senkaku islands, with the real reasons of the war being a wide range of historical hatreds and disputes. White wrote:
Where will it end? The risk is that, without a clear circuit-breaker, the escalation will continue until at some point shots are exchanged, and a spiral to war begins that no one can stop. Neither side could win such a war, and it would be devastating not just for them but for the rest of us.
According to White, Japan believes that America will stand firm with them in a war against China. America believes that with some political and diplomatic intimidation China will back down, since they perceive that the Chinese need America to buy their products and thus support their economy. China believes that America will not help Japan on account of the US’ debt with China, and that America will coerce Japan to make concessions over the disputed Senkkaku islands.
All of these are misconceptions on the part of each of these nations. For Japan, making concessions to China will only mean conceding to a superior nation, and that the islands truly belong to the Chinese. For China to back off in the dispute, would be perceived by the Chinese that their nation is only agreeing to be in a position of inferiority to the US and Japan. For the US to not side with Japan over concerns of the debt with China would only indicate that America is afraid of the Chinese, and thus, to a certain extent, inferior to the Asian country.
It is in these circumstances that, to use the words of White, “great powers have often gone to war over.”
AsI have written before, Japan’s Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, is working to change the constitution to gradually purge it of its pacifist prohibitions.
Changing the constitution is exactly the tactic that Hitler used before the Holocaust, and this historical parallel has been made by a Japanese veteran lawmaker named Seiichiro Murakami, and this is what he had to say:
If this is achieved, any cabinet could change the interpretation of the constitution by adopting a resolution and passing laws …In the same way that the Nazis passed a law and twisted the Weimar Constitution, there is a danger that Japan could again tread a mistaken path …Why don’t we learn from that technique?
As Hitler strived for Germany to rise from its defeat in WW1, Abe is working to get Japan to ascend from the restrictions America imposed upon the nation after its defeat in WW2. In so doing he and Japanese politicians like him have denied the holocausts brought about by Japan upon millions of Chinese people in the 20th century.
America, of course, still views Japan as a reliable ally to keep China in check, and is already conducting operations to help secure the Senkaku islands from the Chinese. In November of last year, Col. Steve Warren stated:
We have conducted operations in the area of the Senkakus
Last year the US flew two military aircrafts over the disputed Senkaku islands without letting China know, going contrary to the order of the Chinese.
Moreover, America this year trained 250 of Japan’s Western Army Infantry Regiment, in a more concentrated program on how to retake islands, as I reported in an earlier article of mine.
If the tension between China and Japan continues at the rate it is going, war is inevitable. The United States will somehow drag itself into the conflict. But, I believe, what will happen in the end, is that America will have to go against Japan. America’s enabling of a growing Japan will only allow the Japanese to revive their old strength and past utopian ideology of imperialism, thus making Japan an enemy which will have to be stopped. I have written on Japan’s agreement with Turkey to provide the Turks with a nuclear facility. If this happens, it will only lead to a Japan-Turkey alliance which will be the major enemy to America and its allies.
It seems adventuresome, rash, and inadequate to predict the revival of Imperial Japan, and the same can be said for predicting a revival of the Ottoman Empire. After the Ottoman Empire was crushed in 1922, many people believed that the world would never again see an Islamic empire. But in 1936, Hilaire Belloc predicted the revival of the Ottoman Empire and thus a resuming of Christendom’s major war with Islam:
These things being so, the recrudescence of Islam, the possibility of that terror under which we lived for centuries reappearing, and of our civilization again fighting for its life against what was its chief enemy for a thousand years, seems fantastic. Who in the Mohammedan world today can manufacture and maintain the complicated instruments of modern war? Where is the political machinery whereby the religion of Islam can play an equal part in the modern world? I say the suggestion that Islam may re-arise sounds fantastic but this is only because men are always powerfully affected by the immediate past: one might say they are blinded by it. (The Great Heresies, ch. 3, p. 65)
We are blinded by the immediate past; we know that Japan was defeated and our vision stops at that point. Belloc wrote those words 78 years ago, and his prediction is coming to pass. It seemed that the Muslim empire of the Turks will never reawaken, but that perception is now being dissipated. We have been speaking about the revival of the Ottoman Empire for two decades, in our book, God’s War On Terror. And so it will be, that the common idea that Japan will never revive its conquering spirit will be purged away from our stubbornness to remain in the present, and history will appear before our eyes.