Thursday, May 07, 2015

"in thy fear will I worship" - The Hurt Locker and The Opium Money

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The Hurt Locker and The Opium Money

SECTION I: The Hurt Locker

I saw an American movie The Hurt Locker that was awarded a big prize in 2008.
The Hurt Locker is a 2008 American war film about a three-man Explosive Ordnance Disposal (bomb disposal) team during the Iraq War. The film was produced and directed by Kathryn Bigelow and the screenplay was written by Mark Boal, a freelance writer who was embedded as a journalist in 2004 with a U.S. Army EOD team in Iraq.

It is not an impressive movie but it tells why the US has failed in Iraq through the War on Terror as proven by the rise of IS or the Islamic State.

The film must reflect the general tendency of Americans concerning the war in Iraq.  There are no serious descriptions of Iraqi people or ordinary Muslims in Iraq who are not responsible for the 2001 Terror and other acts of terror against the US and other Western nations.  

As American soldiers were indifferent with Iraqi people, the filmmaker must have been also indifferent with Iraqi people.  It must also reflect the attitudes of the US Government toward Iraqi people.  

Since 2003, many US soldiers had come and fought in Iraq to destroy the Saddam Hussein Administration and they returned to the US, without real care and compassion to Iraqi people left behind without competitive and effective government.  Accordingly, internal and sectarian conflicts happened to continue to date.  From this chaos, IS terrorists have gained their hegemony in some areas across Iraq and Syria.

The US did not learn anything from the war in Iraq and deepened their relationships with Iraqi people, which is clearly seen in the film The Hurt Locker (except a kind of friendship between an American soldier and an Iraqi boy).  The US Government, soldiers, and citizens did not mind respect, dignity, and welfare of Muslims in Iraq, but they have just pursued their own individual matters through the war.

If the US wants to solve the issue of the Islamic terror, it must solve problems of Muslims.  But, the US simply sent troops to Iraq to destroy social, political, and security infrastructures of Iraq.  What American soldiers mind is their own hurt hearts that were so badly affected through battles in Iraq.

SECTION II: Opium and Money

During WWII or since the Imperial Japan's Army occupied Manchuria and started war with China in 1930s, opium was used as a means to raise money for military operation in China and Manchuria by Japanese generals.

However, the Japanese Army officers involved in this illegal business used some private persons to handle opium as their proxies.  One of them succeeded in establishing a big network to grow, harvest, refine, and sell opium in Manchuria and China.  This person called Satomi accumulated big money.  Satomi managed his organization from Shanghai during WWII.

However, when the Empire of Japan surrendered to the US, Satomi was arrested in Japan as a war criminal by the US military.  Mysteriously, he was not indicted and freed without trial.

Then Satomi used his hidden fortune to support some right-wing politicians.  One of those politicians was Nobusuke Kishi, ex-prime minister of Japan and a grandfather of incumbent PM Shinzo Abe.  It is also believed that Kishi was also involved in opium business as Kishi, a leading bureaucrat of the Empire of Japan at the time, had been dispatched to and worked in Manchukuo (a nation established in Manchuria by the Empire of Japan) in late 1930s.  So, after WWII, it looks natural, Kishi received money from Satomi who also ran his opium network in Manchukuo.

If this rumor is true, the assets PM Abe inherited from his grandfather Kishi include money earned by Satomi and other secret agents of the Imperial Army during WWII in opium business in China.

Every family has a dark side, and the Abe family can be no exception.

Hopefully, a film based on this rumor might be made in future under the title of The Opium Money.  It will be a big hit in Japan and China, at least.

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Psa 5:6 Thou shalt destroy them that speak leasing: the LORD will abhor the bloody and deceitful man.
Psa 5:7 But as for me, I will come into thy house in the multitude of thy mercy: and in thy fear will I worship toward thy holy temple.
Psa 5:8 Lead me, O LORD, in thy righteousness because of mine enemies; make thy way straight before my face.