A trick of double criteria again

The US supports Japan to be a permanent member of the UN Security Council, said Rice, the US Secretary of the State days ago when she was answering the question by Japanese media.

This reminds us of the visit by President George W. Bush to Germany not long ago. At that time, a journalist also raised the likewise question to Bush about the US attitude towards the request by Germany to be a permanent member of the UN Security Council he made no comment on it and only said that the US didn't like to make known its stand before Kofi Anan, the UN Secretary-General made known to the public the report on the UN reform.

The obvious different attitudes of the US government in regard of the same question on Germany and Japan really afford people some food for thought.

Actually in the eyes of the world people, Germany and Japan have many things in common. During the period of World War II, both Germany and Japan were the member-states of the Axis and the launching countries of the Second World War and both of them developed to be economic powers after the War. As to the hand-in to the UN the fees for a member-state both of them have made considerable contributions.

However, people cannot but have noticed the differences of the two countries. First of all, the German government made a deep self-criticism and examination with regard to the War that has inflicted on the world a serious disaster, dared to face squarely the history, brave enough to take up the responsibility of the war and provided the victim countries with reasonable indemnity and expressed its sincere apology to them.

On the contrary in recent years the Japanese government left no stone unturned in avoiding the war responsibilities, covered up its war crimes with the head of the government paying frequent visits to the Yasukuni Shrine and revisions of the textbooks of history and even the denial of the Nanjing Massacre, the eloquent fact in history.

Therefore, the sincere apology of the Germany won the understanding and acceptance of the European countries and became a member country at the core of the EU yet Japan has so far refused to plead guilty and still failed to get any favorable impression and understanding of the neighboring countries in Asia, thus mired to be a "questionable" country.

But why the US doted much more on "Japan" rather than on "Germany"? The root of the problem can be found in the US war against Iraq. Ever since the debates on the Iraqi war were kicked off in the UN over two years ago Germany has always been on the side of France, opposing the launching of the war there and so far Germany hasn't sent a single soldier or any armyman to Iraq.

The opposition by the Germany against the war in Iraq has greatly enraged the US and the new conservative party in the USA has ever put forward the policy of "leaving the Germany in the cold". Though the visit by President Bush to Europe last time was meant for repairing the damaged US-European relations yet it was forced to do so for the reconstruction of Iraq and the urgent need for the help from the "Old Europe" in handling the peace progress in the Middle East and Iranian trouble.

And as a matter of fact, in the innermost of its heart the US still hasn't yet solved the trouble in the heart because of the opposition of Germany and France to the war in Iraq. However, Japan followed closely behind the US on no condition at all. It has not only offered the US with "moral support" but also sent its self-defence forces to Iraq in disregard of the restriction of its Peaceful Constitution. This cannot but make the US to feel greatly obliged in its heart.

And therefore, on the issue for the membership of the UN Security Council it's not difficult to understand the US attitude in taking a great account of Japan but leaving the Germany in the cold.

A German newspaper pointed out, the different attitude taken by the US towards Germany and Japan in regard of the issue for the permanent member of the UN Security Council is an "utterly dual criteria". As a matter of fact the attitude taken by the US on other international issues can not be regarded otherwise than dual criteria.

By People' Daily Online



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