Algeria Hostage Crisis and 10 Japanese Nationals Killed: Time for Japan to Listen to Russia
Algeria Hostage Crisis and 10 Japanese Nationals Killed: Time for Japan to Listen to Russia
Jibril Khoury and Lee Jay Walker
Modern Tokyo Times
The recent hostage crisis in Algeria led to the deaths of ten Japanese nationals and many other individuals from different nations. It was abundantly clear from the start that the Libya connection would enter the equation. After all, the terrorist infiltration was extremely close to the border of Libya. Also, since the demise of Gaddafi the region is awash with military arms. Within Libya itself you have various different Islamist terrorist organizations and at the same time many different militias which control parts of this nation. Therefore, in modern day Libya you have chaos and a non-functioning state which can’t control major cities and the same obviously applies to more remote geographical parts of this county.
Japan needs to question the so-called allies of this country about the policies of many Gulf nations and major NATO powers, which keep on creating more instability. This chaos can be seen from Afghanistan and stretching all the way to Mali. Of course, other nations are also being threatened by being swallowed up by the instability which is being left behind. Pakistan alongside nations in the Gulf, America and the United Kingdom all meddled in Afghanistan over 40 years ago. Since then, trillions of dollars have been spent on trying to stabilize and centralize this nation; after supporting Islamist forces which brought with it sectarianism, Islamist indoctrination and the enslavement of women. The policy enacted in Afghanistan was not only a complete abject failure but it also enabled the destabilization of Pakistan to take place (self induced from the point of Pakistan), September 11, gave Islamists breathing space to launch attacks against India and today growing internal hatred of “the other” is increasing in Pakistan.
Japan also is getting drawn into the objectives of Washington and this can be seen by supporting “dark forces” in Syria. Yet clearly the foreign ministry of Japan would not be embroiling itself in such “shadowy networks,” whereby Gulf nations and powers within NATO are enabling terrorists, including Al Qaeda, to grow in power and influence in Syria. Also, even major media agencies which are anti-Syrian government have stated that vast numbers of terrorist attacks have taken place in this country – yet how many times did the Japanese Foreign Ministry condemn these terrorist attacks?
It shouldn’t take a terrorist attack involving the deaths of Japanese nationals to wake up the government of Japan. Yes, sadly, it appears that nations often only take note when blowback kills innocent civilians. The United States found this out in such barbaric ways when thousands of innocent civilians were killed on September 11. After all, the terrorist forces of Al Qaeda were connected with the CIA, ISI in Pakistan and the British secret service which first manipulated the Islamist cause in Afghanistan and then replicated this in Bosnia (September 11, Madrid and other terrorist attacks linked to Afghanistan and Bosnia).
Therefore, when Yoshihide Suga, Chief Cabinet Secretary of Japan, announced that the tenth national from this nation was confirmed dead because of the brutal Islamist terrorist hostage crisis in Algeria – this isn’t enough. The rat lines linking the policies of America, France, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, the United Kingdom and other nations in the Gulf; must be scrutinized for what they created in Libya and are continuing to create in Syria. This reality must also focus on how Mali and Pakistan have been swallowed up by the failed policies of other nations (Pakistan is self induced unlike Mali) once the same players have meddled within the internal issues of other nations. Equally alarming, it is abundantly obvious to everyone that the nations which supported meddling in Afghanistan and Iraq, and then against Libya, not only have created failed states which have become breeding grounds for Islamist jihadist groups – but they then start to destabilize new nations, for example Syria, while the daily carnage continues in Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan. It is not only utter madness but it is a policy of “no shame” which is blighting America, France, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, the United Kingdom and other nations in the Gulf.
The Russian Federation is trying to “contain the fires” being set by the above named nations because clearly political elites in Moscow fully understand the geopolitical realities. This applies to mass instability, growing terrorist networks, sectarianism, the enslavement of women, more poverty, failed health care facilities, failed states and other powerful negative forces. Therefore, it is time for political elites in Japan to take note of the Russian Federation to a much higher level instead of following Washington and others, which are creating “new dangerous paths.”
President Vladimir Putin of the Russian Federation states that “Upheaval in Libya, accompanied by the uncontrolled proliferation of arms, contributed to the deterioration of the situation in Mali. Terrorist attacks in Algeria that took away the lives of innocent people – including those from foreign countries – became the consequences of such tragic developments.”
President Vladimir Putin continued by stating that the Russian Federation “feels responsible for maintaining global security and is set to cooperate with its partners in order to address global concerns.”
It is time for the political establishment in Tokyo to look deeply into the events which are happening from Afghanistan to the frontline of Western Africa in Mali. This applies to many areas of instability and how outside nations keep on either rushing in much too early – or they are involved in covert operations of destabilization. The so-called “Arab Spring” is mainly ushering in the “Islamist winter” and the creation of failed states based on outside meddling and various internal issues. One only needs to look at the various contradictory policies which are being implemented by outside nations with regards to Bahrain, Egypt, Libya, Syria, Yemen and other nations which have serious internal problems. This applies to both constructive and destructive policies which are being enacted based on “narrow minded self interests.”
The Russian Federation knows about the convulsions of entire areas because the Soviet Union collapsed and alongside this nations became independent in Eastern Europe. Once Vladimir Putin took the helm then gradually the Russian Federation grew in power because centralization and various internal and external policies were enacted. Also, the Russian Federation is uniquely positioned because while the Orthodox Christian faith predominates you also have a sizeable Muslim minority throughout this nation – indeed, in certain parts of the Russian Federation the Muslim faith is the majority. Alongside this is the geographic reality of this major nation belonging to the Eurasian home which binds Europe and Aisa. Therefore, political leaders in this nation want to dampen the divisions which currently exist in many parts of the geographic space which overlaps with the Russian Federation – alongside traditional power projections in parts of the Middle East, the Balkans, Central Asia, Northeast Asia and Europe.
Japan and Hostage Crisis
The recent deaths of ten Japanese nationals in Algeria by Islamist terrorists is a clear reminder that the government in Tokyo needs to play a more constructive role in international politics. Japan supports the United Nations and other major institutions which are involved in education, alleviating poverty and supporting developing nations. However, it often appears that Japan is tied too closely to America even when it is detrimental for this nation – or when at least Japan should remain aloof from dark forces which are destabilizing nations. Of course, relations between Japan and America will remain to be the backbone of Japan’s foreign policy and not everything is negative. For example, American forces helped Japan greatly after the brutal 9.0-magnitude earthquake triggered a brutal tsunami which killed vast numbers. Also, the region of Northeast Asia is very volatile and given the reality of Article 9 within the Constitution of Japan, then clearly America plays an important role in defending Japan and containing possible dangerous regional situations. Despite this, when it comes to other areas of destabilization and the consequences of such short-sighted policies, then Japan should judge each situation on its own merit rather than following America carte blanche.
Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State, stated that “There is no doubt that the Algerian terrorists had weapons from Libya. There is no doubt that the Malian remnants of AQIM have weapons from Libya.” This omission by Hillary Clinton is yet another firm reminder of the blowback which created the current crisis in Afghanistan, Pakistan and turning the clock back further, which enabled September 11 to take place. Now, America is once more confirming that the destabilization of Libya can be traced to the current crisis in Mali and had a powerful hand in the tragic events which just happened in Algeria.
Yet, will this lead the government of Japan questioning the destabilization of Libya and the nations which have created a new nightmare in Mali after this reality happened? Similarly, will the government of Japan call in the ambassadors of all nations involved in the destabilization of Libya – given the knowledge that Japanese nationals have just been killed by the Libya connection?
Of course, while pain can be felt in Japan after the recent hostage crisis in Algeria. It should be stated that in Libya untold numbers of people have been killed and many pro-Gaddafi loyalists were brutally massacred. Indeed, even today people can be imprisoned in Libya on flimsy grounds by various different factions, whereby the central state is powerless to intervene. At the same time, just like in Mali, ancient Sufi shrines have been destroyed by Salafi Islamists and growing poverty is a reality throughout the region. Mali then felt the full storm of outside meddling and sadly the recent convulsions from Libya have just been felt in Algeria where ten Japanese nationals were killed.
Yet, for the government of Japan it should ask itself about who were the players in the destabilization of a vast region stretching from Afghanistan to Mali? Was it the Russian Federation – or, in all honesty, was it America, France, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, the United Kingdom and other nations in the Gulf? If Japan comes clean and desires to answer the people of this nation which want to know why ten Japanese nationals were killed in Algeria – then maybe it is time for Japan to respond to international events independently, while maintaining its special relationship with America within the power structures which exist. In this sense, Japan should move closer to the Russian Federation and other powerful nations like India, which seek a world based on international law and not “power control.”
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