The elegy of the Japanese newspaper industry heard from the Asahi's article critical of Putin in August

30 Minutes of "Breakthrough" Speech Footsteps to Invade Ukraine. At the end of August 2022, Japan's Asahi Shimbun published an article on the front page with the headline "Mr. Putin, sign of invasion 15 years ago," which surprised the author. This blog post was published on January 7, 2007. The significance of Russian President Putin's speech at the 2007 Munich Security Conference as one of the pillars of the article "U.S.-German offense and defense over Russia and the European security system and the Brzezinski conception: Thoughts on modern Japan: Supplementary" emphasized. The newspaper, which was once considered to represent Japan's decency, reported on the speech, saying, ``Successive US administrations have tried to build a positive relationship with Russia, but they have failed to get through to Mr. Putin, who has become increasingly hostile.'' Readers who do not attempt to outright deny this blog post above would not find it difficult to read the article in the Asahi Shimbun as being overly sympathetic and flattering toward the US-led Western world. It symbolized the end of the Japanese newspaper industry, which was on the verge of extinction.

The newspaper wrote, ``The Bush administration had the ideal that spreading democracy would create a peaceful and safe world.'' Indeed, the Bush administration used similar rhetoric during the 2003 invasion of Iraq. However, if you read "The madness of US neoconservatives" included in the above article of this blog, you should be able to understand the other side. Try to summarize.

“The established media in the US, Europe, and Japan report daily that the war in Ukraine is the result of Putin's madness, but no matter how you look at it, the war in Ukraine is the result of neoconservative madness.”

In the book "OF PARADISE AND POWER America and Europe in the New World Order" by US neoconservative polemicist Robert Kagan, which was published in conjunction with the outbreak of the Iraq War in 2003 , Kagan criticized Germany and France, which were strongly opposed to the Iraq War. With that in mind, he declared that "Europe is headed and America will use force."

For the neoconservatives, the end of the Cold War was not the beginning of eternal peace. The world is still in the midst of a constant battle of forces clashing against each other. Therefore , the United States, the only superpower that has become the sole hegemonic power, is not bound by existing international rules The collective security system advocated by the United Nations, organized by the victorious powers of World War II, is not functioning, and they will use force to build a new world order based on the rules set by the United States .

In 2014, Kagan's wife, then- U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Nuland , led the coup d'état that overthrew the pro-Russian Yanukovych government . She was under the command of then-Vice President Biden from the White House . As Germany and France stood in the way of the US-led coup d'état, she was recorded in a wiretapped phone call as saying, "Fuck the EU."

Beginning with Iraq in 2003, neoconservatives have forced anti-government armed groups to wage proxy wars in Libya, Yemen, Syria, and elsewhere in order to overthrow anti-American and socialist regimes that are close to Russia. Tunisia, Libya, Egypt and Syria were plastered as the "Arab Spring ." This was to prevent the rise of the Libyan-led African Union (AU), which sought to have its own common currency, as well as to seek a drastic reorganization of the Middle East power map led by the United States and Israel at its core.

In Iraq alone, 500,000 to 600,000 civilians were involved. Ukraine is at the center of the Arab Spring and the color revolutions in the former Soviet bloc, such as Kyrgyzstan, Azerbaijan, and Georgia. A series of wars led by US neoconservatives have killed millions of non-combatants.

Sharing the universal values ​​of "freedom and democracy, human rights, and the rule of law." This is the front sign of the US G7 . Their deception reaches its peak here.

In February 1992, the New York Times reported that it had obtained the final draft of the "National Defense Planning Guidance" prepared by the Department of Defense, with the headline "U.S. Government Plans to Prevent the Emergence of New Great Powers in the Post-Cold War." The draft, which is said to have been drafted mainly by Deputy Secretary of Defense Wolfowitz, stated that (1) the United States, which became the sole superpower after the collapse of the Soviet Union, should
prevent It included guidelines such as maintaining enormous military power and constructive power to the extent that it would not accept any challenger, and (3) conducting independent military action if it was found that this coalition was not functioning adequately.

This guideline, which preceded Kagan's thought, can be read as a declaration to ignore international law, including the United Nations Charter , for the sake of U.S. unilateral hegemony, and to crush all forces hostile to the U.S. with enormous military power. These American neoconservatives can be said to be the “demons of the modern world.” Putin , who sounded the alarm in Munich in 2007 about the fate of neoconservative madness, was cornered in Ukraine . ”

On the second page of the Asahi, titled ``Behind the Scenes of 20 Years of Diplomacy with Russia'', ``Obama administration's reset policy failed'', ``Sanctions against Russia should have been increased'', ``Crimea's annexation was a lenient response'', and ``Irrational policy'' Putin's view of history and victimhood were so strong that he rushed into war," and "Russia's expectations with the advent of Trump." It's like a PR paper for the Biden administration. Or a reduced version of the Russian coverage of the US mainstream media, which is most friendly to the US administration.

The newspaper's reporters could not have been unaware of the Ukrainian government's failure to comply with the 2014/15 Minsk Agreements that led to the tragic February 2022 Russian military invasion of Ukraine that should have been avoided. The history of Ukraine, sandwiched between Europe and Russia, and the complex composition of its inhabitants, languages, cultures, and religions, the background of the delineation of the border between Russia and Ukraine, which became members of the Soviet Union following the Russian Revolution, by General Secretary Khrushchev from Ukraine Shouldn't the ceding of the Crimean peninsula to Ukraine, which can be said to be an idea, be reported more carefully? Furthermore, what kind of power and what kind of power worked in the inauguration of the current Ukrainian administration of Zelensky?

What is the point of not reporting any of this and calling Putin and Russia a sworn enemy? Japan's newspaper circulation fell by 2 million last year alone. In another 10 years, the home delivery system through stores will surely disappear. Even if all newspapers formed a joint sales system, it would collapse in 15 years. Asahi, which continues to run newspapers with real estate earnings, is trying to survive in the digital version. Many alternative media outlets now offer deep, rich reporting, closing the door for traditional media that are “too well behaved” to those in power.

I can't help thinking that this article is an lament to the Japanese newspaper industry.