He’s not a man to skirt controversy.
In his time since taking office, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has ruffled everyone’s feathers, from the humblest to the greatest people, with his words and his actions.
He’s visited the Yasukuni War Shrine, in which Japanese military leaders accused of war crimes lie interred. He’s laid claim to islands in the South China Sea, the Senkaku Islands, which China also claims as its own. He’s set down a harsh economic program which has arrested the descent of the Japanese economy, yet for how long wonder his critics, with his controversial “Abenomics” economic policy. It can fairly be said that there has never been a more controversial Prime Minister in Japan since the Second World War.
And now he has done something truly unbelievable in the post-war Japanese paradigm. For the first time since Imperial defeat at the hands of American forces, Japan will be officially writing pacifism out of its Constitution, in defiance of the restrictions imposed on the nation following its capitulation. When Shinzo Abe is finished with Japan’s constitution, it will no longer be one of a submissive Japan, begging for peace – but one of war.
And that’s good.
The world, as we know, is a dangerous place – and one where much wrong goes unpunished. Take the rot-infested farce that is international law; flouted by those with the power to do so, usually Americans, and yet enforced by the same miscreants when it suits their purposes against a selected enemy. Or look to the ridiculous charade called human rights: ignored freely by every member of the UN security council, its enforcement blockable by a single veto from any major world power at the behest of its vested interests.
There is no security to be found in clinging to naive idealism, not when the real grit of politics is in our teeth, beneath our fingernails! Force, and force alone, is guarantor against the depredations of the unjust, and absolutely necessary for a state to maintain itself as a viable national entity. Protection is afforded by no rule or prayer, but grows from the steel in the spine and the fire in the heart of the soldier who defends his loved ones, his community, his country.
Without a military, a people is as good as dead – prey for the first armed force that deigns to exploit its vulnerability. And if that military should be another nation’s, that people is not their own – entirely at the mercy of their protectors, they have naught but their pleas to rely upon should things ever take a turn for the worse. And should that protector ever turn, as he did in the past, upon his charge…
It is for this reason that Shinzo Abe has done the unthinkable. It is for this reason that he has broken the chains of Japan’s humiliation and struck on his own. It is for this reason that he has demanded a strong, free, independent Japan in the shadow of the American titan, brazenly asserted Japan’s right to stride unfettered beyond the confines imposed on it by the post-war order.
No creature takes well to living in a cage, not even those born there. A Japan with a future as anything but an American puppet state must have its independence. It must be free to tell the world “No.” And it must be not merely able, but willing, to back up its defiance with decisive force should the need arise.
Blessings to Shinzo Abe. Blessings to his party and his voters. Japan has more than atoned for every misdeed in her past, and should not have to live with her head bowed to the world in eternal shame. Nor should she have to watch in helpless anguish as her children are abducted to North Korea, never to return, or slaughtered in the Middle East at the hands of psychotic butchers possessed by evil.
She should be revered, feared, and approached with the deference and respect due a nation of her social and economic standing. She should have the full range of military techniques and state-of-the-art technology to destroy those who threaten her people, and the sovereignty to do so without heed to the calls of her detractors.
Japan must own her own fate.