Abe Assassination: Implications for Onrushing Strategic Disintegration
July 9, 2022 (EIRNS)—There are virtually no substantive reports on the assassin or possible connections or motives for the killing of Japan’s longest serving Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday, July 8, in Nara while campaigning for fellow members of the Liberal Democratic Party in the Sunday parliamentary election. A few rumors and hints released by the police tell us nothing. The July 10 election is going on as scheduled.
What must be investigated is the intention of those behind the assassination, and the implications for the current NATO rush to war with Russia and China. Like earlier assassinations at critical junctures in history—Alfred Herrhausen, Aldo Moro, JFK, RFK and Martin Luther King come to mind—the idea of a “lone assassin” is virtually impossible, and the cui bono always leads to the British Empire.
The obvious facts defining the event are that Abe’s most important mission throughout his term, from 2012-2020 (after serving earlier for a year in 2006-07) was to bring about a resolution to the left over conflict from World War II with Russia over the Northern Islands and finally sign a peace treaty. It appeared virtually certain that Putin and Abe would reach such an agreement, until the Maidan coup in Ukraine in 2014 and the launching of the U.S./U.K. war policy against Russia.
A Japanese former official close to the leadership told EIR about a 2014 dinner between Barack Obama and Susan Rice during a visit to Japan. The dinner was “nightmarish” for Abe, as Rice imposed massive pressure on Abe to join in the sanctions on Russia. While he partially gave in and imposed some (largely meaningless) sanctions, it put a stop to the negotiations with Putin. Abe was said to despise Susan Rice afterward.
When Trump was elected, to a great extent on the basis of his intention to establish friendly relations with Russia and Putin, Abe and Putin reopened their negotiations. But “Russiagate” soon emerged, and Trump soon fell into the trap of punishing Russia on “false flag” excuses, and again the Abe-Putin efforts fell apart.
The current Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has gone full flight into backing the hysteria against Russia, even attending the NATO Summit last month in Spain—a first for a Japanese Prime Minister. It will cost the Japanese economy dearly, as the large investments in Russia in oil and gas and more, are now threatened, and Abe’s plans for a major Japanese role in the development in the Russian Far East is off the table.
Coming after the ousting of Boris Johnson, who was taking the most belligerent position in demanding no negotiations with Russia over Ukraine, and a growing recognition that Ukraine has lost the war, the implications of the assassination must be fully examined.