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Japan’s Prime Minister Knew He Was Putting Hostage Lives at Risk: by Jake Adelstein

This article by Jake Adelstein should be read in conjunction with my last blog . I did not know that the Japanese Foreign Ministry had been involved in hostage negotiations from as early as Mid November and that it had asked media to maintain secrecy on this matter. It confirms my anxiety that the Japanese Prime Minister is willing to sacrifice lives, place Japanese security at stake in order to advance his own agenda for revising the Japanese Constitution, remilitarising and developing an independent military capacity to engage in out of area operations whenever he wishes to. The West and Japan have not learned from the past. It is willingly expanding the military response to IS horror tactics which is exactly what ISIS wants. It wishes to provoke deeper Western engagement in the brutal conflicts over the future shape of the Middle East. Continue reading

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