Accession Number : ADA475514
Title : Reluctant Samurai? Partnering with Japan to Combat Terrorism
Descriptive Note : Research rept.
Corporate Author : AIR COMMAND AND STAFF COLL MAXWELL AFB AL
Personal Author(s) : West, Derek A
Report Date : Apr 2006
Pagination or Media Count : 43
Abstract : The tragedies of 11 September 2001 brought into focus the United States and Japan s shared common values and vulnerability to asymmetric attacks by terrorists. It was as if a flash of lightning from out of the blue illuminated shared fears around the world. Memories of the Aum Shinrikyo (Aum Supreme Truth) sarin-gas attack on the subway system of Tokyo in March 1995 intensified the horror felt by the Japanese people as they watched the World Trade Center attack on television. The impact hit home for them upon learning 24 Japanese citizens died in the attacks along with approximately 3,000 other victims. Al-Qaeda s attacks forced the civilized world to respond to a new kind of threat strategic terrorism. Neither compromise nor negotiation is sought or possible between al-Qaeda and the civilized world. Al-Qaeda seeks a perpetual war. The civilized world's nations must combat this threat together to defeat it.
Descriptors : *UNITED STATES , *JAPAN , *TERRORISM , TERRORISTS , WARFARE , VULNERABILITY , LIGHTNING , FEAR , INTERNATIONAL TRADE , ASYMMETRY , POPULATION , ILLUMINATION , ATTACK , GLOBAL
Subject Categories : Unconventional Warfare
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE