Friday, September 29, 2006

A Film on Afghanistan Needing Great Help

A Film on Afghanistan Needing Great Help

I saw the movie "At Five in the Afternoon," an Iranian film released in 2003, which depicts one poor family in Afghanistan.

I saw it today.
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Unbelievable mountains without tress and unthinkable fields without grass are really catching my eye.

A devastated and desolate palace on a barren hill surrounded by a sea of sand is, too, a wonder.

Old people who talk humane sense taking a slightly-monotonous poetic rhythm look so painful inwardly and outwardly, yet reflecting a deep social, traditional, cultural, and religious background
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U.S. helicopters were flying over a path on the barren land ; and the poor family, consisting of an old man, his daughter, her dying and eventually dead baby, and his dead son's wife as well as a tired horse and chickens, met a traveling older man whose donkey was dying and lying on the path.

The older man, himself collapsing, said, "My village was destroyed. Nothing was left. I want to get to Kandahar to see Mullah Omar. Bin Laden is our guest and a Muslim."

The chief of the poor family said, "You had better go back where you are from," digging a shallow pit on the ground with a big stone to burry his now-dead grandbaby.

The traveling old man sitting beside his dying donkey said, "My village was destroyed. Nothing was left. And nobody shows me the way."

While they were talking and the dead grandbaby was being laid down into a small, sandy grave, two young women were walking to a hill side where they could get the failed horse some water, as the old man told them to do so.
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The heroine of the story is the old man's daughter in law.

She attended a makeshift school in Kabul, while the family was wandering from place to place, and just wanted to change the world by becoming a politician.

She even asked a French soldier, patrolling around the ruined palace where the family happened to take shelter, how the president of France addressed to his people.
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Afghanistan had been a decent agricultural country since the Middle Age till the invasion by the Soviet Union in the late 20th century.

Decades of wars destroyed the entire country; but Islam has remained. People have been deprived of various hopes, but still have new dreams like the heroine has. Someday, a female president might be inaugurated in Afghanistan.
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If Afghanistan is saved, Iran then will be.

In fact, as some part of Iraq gets so dangerous, Iran may turn to a focal point of international security. But, so far, an Iranian film maker has set a focus on people not a war.
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On September 11, 2001, leaders of Al-Qaeda stationed in Afghanistan were waiting for a specific report on the United States to be attacked on the very day.

Since then, in the wake of various subsequent incidents, many, many people have been victimized.

But, I am one who has survived to this day just like you.

A film on Afghanistan has really reminded me of the grace the Lord has given me so that I can observe the proceeding of the world with a living mind.

But, for what?

And, for what for you?


Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Punishment for Popularity

Punishment for Popularity

Yesterday, a new cabinet was formed in Japan.

One remarkable aspect is that they intended to reinforce functions of aids to the prime minister.

Their purpose is to introduce a strong team of professional assistants to the prime minister office like the one in the White House.

My impression is that such a move seems to be aimed at gaining popularity among the people rather than truly enhancing functions of the Japanese Government.

Four of five aids to the prime minister, who have been newly appointed, are incumbent members of the Diet (parliament). They are more politicians than professionals. They might also work for gaining their own popularity.
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Democracy gives politicians and their party an incentive of using anything for enhancing their popularity and securing plurality voting.

A politician might even use a war for such a purpose.

It is truly an outrageous act if a war is so used.
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If you are a politician and are not involved in such movement for gaining popularity of a government through using something serious and critical like a war, you must be lucky, since such an act might be punished.

To begin with, what a politician needs is love for people but not popularity among the people their false love for people might gain.


Tuesday, September 26, 2006

New Prime Minister

New Prime Minister

Now, Japan's House of Representatives has nominated its new prime minister: Mr. Shinzo Abe.

Japan's Upper House is following suit.

After completion of the nomination by the Diet (Parliament), the emperor of Japan is to authorize it.
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The Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) the new prime minister belongs to has support ratings of 38.2%, 30.0%, and 35.0% in previous three national elections, respectively.

Therefore LDP forms an alliance with New Komeito to form a government.
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One prime minister alone cannot surely make the nation great and successful, while Japan has 120 million population.

Japan's 68 million voters, who actually cast their vote in the previous general election held on September 11, 2005, have a key to future peace and prosperity of Japan, Asia, and the word.
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Astonishingly, there are no expressions directly concerned with democracy and election in Jesus Christ's words.

Relationship between mankind and God is not based on democracy supported by an election system.

The idea of democracy and an election system is however seems to be permitted by God or Allah.