The Only Way to Incite the Japanese Macaques to Occupy Nagata-cho or Kasumigaseki

Monday, October 17 2011 @ 06:14 AM JST

Contributed by: Y.Yamamoto



The poor Americans are having difficulty in coming to terms with the idea that the world is no longer revolving around their country. Practically all of them, from liberal to conservative, from those in mainstream to those in fringe, from young to old, from rich to poor, still think it's America that decides when to bow out from center stage. It can't be helped because it took centuries even for the smarter Chinese people to abandon their Sinocentric views.

As a result, they have lost their sense of direction completely. Now they don't know where they are headed. The crowds of people who have occupied Wall Street and many other streets across the country are no exception. They only share a vague idea that something is fundamentally wrong. Wall Street is nothing more than a tentative target.

Some of the OWS participants carry signs that read: "This is only the beginning." The beginning of what is something they don't have the slightest idea about. This is reminiscent of anti-war rallies back in 2003. The most typical placards said: "War is not the answer." But nobody could tell what then the right way to respond to Bush's folly should be like. Now it seems very likely that all this fuss is getting nowhere.

Time and again, history has proved that in any spontaneous popular uprising such as the Paris Commune of 1871, it's more or less unavoidable that the people taking part in it "sleep in the same bed while having different dreams" as an old Chinese proverb goes. Now it looks as though some of the people hanging around the streets are fanatical believers in income equality. They are too empty-headed to tell thieves in Wall Street from the late Steve Jobs. On the other hand, more educated protesters seem to espouse the principle of self-reliance. As a result of the motley mix of people, the OWS now looks like a picnic, whereas it should look more like Civil War II.

Even worse; Wall Street occupiers, at large, are also too cynical to think they should develop a more narrowly-focused sense of purpose by weeding out counterrevolutionary elements. Yet, no one has come forward from among the mob to say it's an urgent task to direct the simmering anger of protesters at a clearly defined target, without killing their spontaneity and diversity. Now it is apparent that the Establishment can't wait that long to hijack the leaderless movement. News reports have it that Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, for one, has already expressed her support to the OWS. Also, the stupid and obese white man, who made a fortune by writing a book about stupid white men for stupid white men, did the same.

If they still can decelerate America's march toward its total disintegration, or with luck, can even turn it around, the only way to achieve this end is for the OWS participants to join forces with Ron Paul who has just embarked on his campaign for the presidential election 2012. If both sides opted to leverage each other's strength to the fullest, this would certainly make an explosive combination of the two different elements. Then, Ron Paul would be more than just electable.

This is the last chance for these guys and their fellow countrymen to wake up to the reality of the twilight years of the American century, and learn to conduct themselves accordingly. If these guys are going to remain disoriented until they lose their momentum, let's forget it all. America is done for, and that is that.

On the other hand, the Japanese are known to be copycats who do whatever they do only taking a cue from the Americans. But when it comes to a revolution, it's a different story. The Japanese are totally change-disabled because they have no tradition of revolution in the last 1,300 years. That is why they have kept gawking at the OWS since its onset. They will remain so forever if an alliance fails to materialize on the other side of the Pacific. To them, it would amount to missing a once-in-a-millennium opportunity. Either way, this is going to be a watershed event in Japanese history.

If and when Ron Paul, as U.S. President, unilaterally terminated the U.S.-Japanese security treaty as he has always pledged to do, the Japanese people would suddenly realize that there are many streets to occupy, such as Kasumigasaki where there is a big concentration of government offices, or Nagata-cho where sits the Diet Building. Kabuto-cho where the Tokyo Stock Exchange is located bears little resemblance to Wall Street because the economic system which has been in place here has nothing to do with what you call capitalism.

Instead, though, we have the Imperial Palace which covers a 284-acre area. Although it is one-third as large as Central Park, the imperial estate is an ideal venue for a picnic, which may or may not turn into something bloodier than the massive rally staged there on May 1, 1946.

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