Even Japanese Rightist government scales back support for Bush’s Afghanistan war

This video is on the resignation of Japanese Prime Minister Abe, predecessor of Fukuda, about the Afghan war issue.

From Associated Press:

Japanese proposal would scale back naval support for US operations in Afghanistan

HIROKO TABUCHI Associated Press Writer

Released : Sunday, October 07, 2007 12:57 AM

TOKYO-Japan could scale back its support of the U.S. in Afghanistan by ending naval assistance to vessels involved in ground missions there under a ruling party proposal that officials predicted Sunday would gain parliamentary approval.

Since 2001, Japan’s navy has been providing fuel for coalition warships under an anti-terrorism law that has been extended three times. Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda has strongly pushed for another extension to the mission.

However, Fukuda has been forced to make concessions because of strong resistance from the opposition bloc, which controls one of parliament’s two chambers.

A new draft law, submitted to the opposition Friday, would limit the mission to naval refueling and supplying of water to vessels participating in the U.S.-led Operation Enduring Freedom’s maritime patrol missions in the Indian Ocean.

“Under the new law, there will be no refueling to ships providing support for ground operations (in Afghanistan),” Foreign Minister Masahiko Komura said Sunday on a public broadcaster NHK talk show.

3 thoughts on “Even Japanese Rightist government scales back support for Bush’s Afghanistan war

  1. October 08, 2007 12:35 PM

    ‘War on terror’ has been a ‘disaster’: British think tank

    LONDON (AFP) – The US-led “war on terror” has been a “disaster” and Washington and its allies must change their policy in Iraq and Afghanistan to defeat Al-Qaeda, an independent global security think tank said Monday.

    The US-led “war on terror” has been a “disaster” and Washington and its allies must change their policy in Iraq and Afghanistan to defeat Al-Qaeda, an independent global security think tank said Monday. The Oxford Research Group (ORG) said in a report that Western strategy since the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States had failed to extinguish the threat from Islamist extremism and even fuelled it.

    “Every aspect of the war on terror has been counterproductive in Iraq and Afghanistan, from the loss of civilian life through mass detentions without trial. In short, it has been a disaster,” report author Paul Rogers said. “Western countries simply have to face up to the dangerous mistakes of the past six years and recognise the need for new policies.

    “Rogers, professor of peace studies at the University of Bradford, northern England, also warned that any military action against Iran over the Islamic republic’s disputed nuclear programme would further aggravate the situation.

    “Going to war with Iran will make matters far worse, playing directly into the hands of extreme elements and adding greatly to the violence across the region,” he added. “Whatever the problems with Iran, war should be avoided at all costs — the mistakes already made will be completely overshadowed by the consequences of a war with Iran.

    “Chief among the report’s criticisms is that the US-led invasion of Iraq in March 2003 was a “grievous mistake”, which had created a combat training zone for extremist elements linked to or inspired by Osama bin Laden’s Al-Qaeda.

    The report, “Towards Sustainable Security: Alternative Approaches to the War on Terror”, said the situation was comparable to the rise of the mujahedin that rose against the Russian occupation of Afghanistan in the 1980s.

    On Afghanistan, the ORG said ousting the hardline Taliban from power in late 2001 had been of “direct value” to Al-Qaeda and militia sympathetic to its violent Islamist ideology were now re-invigorated, it added. In addition, mass detentions of suspected extremists, torture, prisoner abuse and the “extraordinary rendition” of suspects for questioning in third countries outside US legal jurisdiction was a useful propaganda weapon.

    Rogers said the United States and its allies needed to better understand the roots of the Al-Qaeda movement and its support base and systematically undercut it through policy changes at every level. But he said even if that were successful, it would still take at least a decade to make up for mistakes so far.

    Among the ORG’s recommendations are the withdrawal of foreign forces from Iraq and an increase in diplomacy, including with Syria and Iran; greater civil aid to Afghanistan, a scaling down of military action and talks with militia. “Extraordinary rendition”, detention without trial and prisoner abuse should stop immediately; countries should commit to advancing the stalled Middle East peace process, because of its central role in anti-Western sentiment, it said.
    © AFP 2007


  2. Japan’s navy to quit Afghan mission

    By Reuters November 1

    Japan ordered its naval ships on Thursday to withdraw from a refuelling mission in support of US-led operations in Afghanistan as a political deadlock kept the government from meeting a deadline to extend the activities.

    Yasuo Fukuda, prime minister, is caught between close ally Washington, which is pressing for enactment of a new bill to allow Japan’s navy to keep providing free fuel for US and other ships patrolling the Indian Ocean, and a resurgent opposition set on blocking the new legislation now before parliament.

    The Pentagon said this week that Japan’s withdrawal would not affect its patrolling of the Indian Ocean for drug smugglers, gun runners and suspected terrorists.

    But US ambassador to Japan Thomas Schieffer, who has been lobbying hard for Japan to stay the course, has said a permanent halt would send a very bad message to the international community and to terrorists.

    “Japan must rejoin the international team to fight terrorism as soon as possible by enacting new legislation,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Nobutaka Machimura told a parliamentary panel debating a new law on the operations.

    The naval mission – now certain to be halted for months if not longer – is sure to be on the agenda when US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates visits Japan next week as well as at a summit between Mr Fukuda and President George W. Bush that media say will take place in Washington on November 16.

    “We will make our utmost effort to enact new legislation promptly so that we can resume our refuelling activity as soon as possible,” Mr Fukuda said in a statement after the order was given.

    Australia, which has almost 1,000 troops in Afghanistan and is a close ally of Washington and Tokyo, said Japan should extend the mission, but added it understood the debate in Japan.

    “We are hopeful that it may result in the resumption of Japan’s contribution in this area, as an important part of Japan’s increasingly active, and welcome, role in promoting global and regional security,” Alexander Downer, foreign minister, said in a statement.

    Shigeru Ishiba, defence minister, ordered supply ship Tokiwa and an accompanying destroyer to head home after performing the last refuelling operation under the current law on Monday. That law expires at midnight (1500 GMT) on Thursday.

    Japan has supplied fuel and water worth about Y22bn ($190m) over the six years of the mission.

    Tokyo is now considering fresh aid to Pakistan – the only Islamic country taking part in the naval operations – as well as to Afghanistan to offset return of its refueling ships.

    The naval mission has become the focus of a domestic tug-of-war between Fukuda’s ruling bloc and the main opposition Democratic Party, which together with its smaller allies, has vowed to vote against it in part because it lacks a UN mandate.

    Democratic Party leader Ichiro Ozawa rejected a plea to agree to the new law in a rare one-on-one chat with Fukuda on Tuesday.

    The two are set to meet again on Friday to discuss the naval mission as well as a broader political deadlock that could spark an early election for the powerful lower house.

    Overseas dispatches are controversial in Japan, where the military is restrained by the post-World War Two pacifist constitution. Japanese voters are divided over this one, with just under 50 per cent in favour of extending it.

    The fuel provided by Japan’s supply mission accounted for about one-fifth of total fuel consumed by coalition vessels from December 2001 through February 2003, according to Pentagon data. Since then, it has accounted for just over 7 per cent of the fuel consumed by coalition vessel.

    © Reuters Limited


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