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So what the Premier worked so hard for in Sino-Japanese relations was in vain
This post is relevant here because Sino-Japanese friendship was what China's first generation of leaders spent a hell lot of time cultivating, especially Zhou En-lai and Liao Chen-zhi.|
They must be mightily disappointed to know that the descendants of the war criminals are calling the shots in Tokyo these days and that the culprits' ashes are enshrined at Yasukuni.
Those ash urns are like a javelin piercing the hearts of these great men who had the welfare of the Japanese people in mind when they devised China's foreign policies towards that island neighbor.
The entire post fishing for a "solution" to the Yasukuni Shrine visits presupposes that there is a solution and that with sincere effort on both sides, such a forthcoming solution can truly and not just cosmetically break the impasse.
Such a presupposition is not only deceptive but is dangerous. It is deceptive because nothing indicates the Japanese WANT a solution. It is dangerous because this red herring can mislead us and put us off our guard.
As I had been saying all along, the problem with the present Sino-Japanese imbroglio is not because the Chinese do not want to forgive the Japanese, but that the leaders of Japan do not believe that their forbears need forgiveness from anyone. That's why they moved the ash urns of the fourteen convicted war criminals to the Yasukuni Shrine in the first place.
Koizumi just made a speech saying that Japan is a peace-loving nation. That's like a skunk saying it has been a connoiseur of fragrant condiments, or a rapist saying he has been a paragon of virtues.
I remember that Adolf Hitler made the same remarks almost verbatim in the Nuremburg party rallies in the 1930s about The Third Reich being a 'peaceful' government.
If the Japanese want peace, what are they intensifying island-warfare training at Camp Pendleton north of San Diego for? Is anyone threatening to occupy any of THEIR islands?
If they truly want peace, what are they bristling with hostilities in the East China Sea for? Is China drilling for oil in any of the contentious areas?
If they definitely want peace, what's preventing them from simply withdrawing the ashes of the fourteen convicted war criminals from the Yasukuni Shrine? Is anyone stopping them from hiring a taxi or two to finish the job nicely?
If they desperately want peace, what is preventing her Asian neighbors from believing her just like they believe China's comparable pronouncement? Is any Chinese lobbyist trying to twist the arms of Asian diplomats?
The Japanese are unbelievable because the entire track record of Japan's modern history makes her pretensions to act as bona fide advocates for peace incredible, while that of China's renders hers credible.
Even though a porridge already tainted with the droppings of fourteen rats isn't fit to eat, the symbolic meaning of the gesture of non-visitation or withdrawal of the fourteen ash urns would have meant a lot to other East Asian peoples.
So what's really preventing them from doing such a simple thing to improve her relations with her neighbors?
I'll tell you what.
They can't withdraw the ashes because that would mean a loss of face to the militarists, whose real intention in putting the ashes there in the first place was to revive Japanese militarism. Without those ashes, all the preparations for such revival would have been in vain.
That's why there are no solutions to the impasse, not because nothing can be done, but because the Shrine visits are symbolic of the entire gamut of militarist maneuvers behind it.
The minute they remove the fourteen ash urns, that would be the moment the foundation of the entire pack of filthy lies vouchsafing for the 'innocence' of Japanese militarism falls apart.
This is because people will then ask, "why would they remove those ashes if what they claim about their innocence is true?"
So their profestations for peace cannot be anything but cruel jokes.
Their version of peace means they grab your land and they love the peace afterwards -- you cannot try to take it back or else you are breaking the peace.
[ Last edited by wchao37 at 2006-1-22 01:48 PM ]