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Relationship between Politicians without Foreign Policy Negotiation Skills and Peace Constitution (part 2)

外交下手な政治家と平和憲法の関係 その2

軍事的脅威であれ、先週突如メディアをにぎわすようになった豚インフルエンザであれ、速やかで冷静な対応が求められるのは当然でしょう。

今回のインフルエンザの問題とはインパクトとその広がりも違うとはいえ、軍事的脅威に対しても冷静な対応が必要です。しかしその1で書いたような慎重さに欠けた敵地攻撃論(北朝鮮を念頭に置いたもの)は、山本議員のほかにも安倍元首相の口からも出ています。しかも安倍元首相は2006年にも同じ発言をしています。

軽々しく攻撃論をふりかざす政治家たちは、外交という政治家の責務を放棄しているにほかなりません。それは実際、戦争に向かいたいのか、はたまた自分の能力不足を覆い隠したいのか、それともその2つの複合的な理由なのか。

ただ、現状を考えてみると、北朝鮮に対しては敵地攻撃論は屁の突っ張りにもならず、日本国内で騒げば騒ぐほど、それをさまざまな口実として北朝鮮が利用しやすくなるだけで、外交という意味ではやはり有益な議論だとは思えません。

ここで思い出すのが、オーストラリア人の知り合いと話したときのことです。彼とは、日本の平和憲法、自衛隊、経済一流(最近ではそれも疑問符ですが)外交三流の日本などという話をしました。すると彼は最後に納得したように言いました。「なるほど、日本の政治家がだめだから平和憲法があるのか。政治家の考えと外交手腕が優れていれば戦争に突っ走ることはないから戦争放棄をわざわざ憲法でうたう必要はないもんな」。悲しいかな、彼の意見にはうなずかざるを得ませんでした。

などと考えているうちに来週は憲法記念日がやってきます。

>NIジャパン

It does not matter whether military threats or swine influenza, which was just broke as news last week, it needs prompt and calm actions to be taken.

Although you cannot compare it with swine influenza pandemic, anyone knows that politicians have to deal with military threats with a cool head. However, as I wrote in the part 1 of the previous blog post, a member of House of Councillor, Yamamoto Ichita mentioned about an enemy territory attack tactic with North Korea in his mind. Besides, the former Prime Minister Abe mentioned the same tactic. In 2006, he also told the tactic with North Korea in his mind.

Politicians have to resolve the tension between countries by diplomatic strategies. By rely on a military attack strategy easily politicians seem to intend to conceal the lack of own diplomatic ability. Or they probably really want wars. Or because of the both reasons.

If you think about the current situation, asserting the enemy territory attack tactic is useless against North Korea. Since North Korea wants Japan's internal upset and uses such Japan's situation as an excuse for any move of North Korea, asserting attack by the Japanese politicians is just an advantage for North Korea.

Now I remember my friend's opinion. He is an Australian, and we discussed about the Japanese peace constitution, Self-Defense Force and the saying "the economy of Japan is first-rate, but the diplomacy is third-rate". He finally said that "I see. Since the diplomatic skill of the Japanese politicians are not good, you need the peace constitution. That's right. If the politicians have enough diplomatic ability, they do not have to rely on the military power. Then you do not have to state renunciation of war in the constitution first place". It was unfortunate that I could not refuse his opinion at all.

Meanwhile, Constitution Memorial Day will be in next week. The current Japanese Constitution was enacted on 3 May 1947.

>NI Japan

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