Within a speech given this past September in which he rejected military intervention in the Syrian civil war, President Obama announced frankly: “America is not the world’s policeman.” As the first such statement by a postwar American president, this was a historic event.
In fact, President Obama appears consistent when it comes to ending the armed intervention in foreign countries. He has already pulled US troops from Iraq, and hopes to have all troops withdrawn from Afghanistan by next year. Syria is of course, experiencing civil war, just as did other places like Libya and Mali. One leading official in the Obama administration has used the dubious term “leading from behind” to describe this reluctance to become involved in such conflicts.
Happy Science President Ryuho Okawa recorded a spirit conversation with the guardian spirit of Mr. Obama in November 2008, prior to his inauguration as president. During this talk the guardian spirit said: “There is no need for America to act as the world’s policeman,” using the very same words as the man himself. Since the guardian spirit expresses a person’s “true feelings,” rooted in their subconscious, President Obama’s actions have followed this path.
Wilson’s Proclamation of “Manifest Destiny”
America’s role as “policeman of the world” began with President Wilson during World War One and President F. Roosevelt during World War Two.
Until World War One, America was fully devoted to a policy of isolationism. Support for this came from the thought of the founding fathers, who were convinced that, as a founding principle of the nation, God bestowed upon them a mandate to spread the value of individual liberty and democracy throughout the world. Jefferson, who would draft the Declaration of Independence and go on to become the third president, stated: “American works for the benefit of humankind.”
This idea is the point of departure for the strong sense of “exceptionalism” held by Americans. In order to implement this, they felt a need to preserve their “forthrightness” against the wiles and trickery that characterized European diplomacy and disputes. Washington, the first president, speaks of this in his resignation announcement:
“Why quit our own to stand upon foreign ground? Why, by interweaving our destiny with that of any part of Europe, entangle our peace and prosperity in the toils of European ambition, rivalship, interest, humor, or caprice?”
Washington thus formulated the policy of non-interventionism as well as isolationism. As part of the “farewell address” of the nation’s founding father, this became the foundation of American foreign policy.
However, during World War One, the 28th president Wilson made a surprisingly dramatic turnabout from Washington. Wilson effected a 180 degree turn, on the premise that in order to spread its dream to the world, America must aggressively engage in foreign wars. In order to realize this goal, America must intervene in many global conflicts.
At the Paris Peace Conference ending World War One, Wilson proposed the League of Nations as something akin to a world government. “Rather than it being a matter of my choice,” he proclaimed, “God has bestowed upon me the mission of spreading of the greatness of democracy. All we can do is follow our destiny.”
As the son of a minister, Wilson was the sort to spend his free time studying the Bible. Regarding Wilson’s proposed 14 rules of peace, fellow peace conference participant French Prime Minister Clemenceau teased: “The Americans want to add four commandments to those we have already received from God.” Clemenceau went on to say: “Wilson believes he really speaks with Jesus,” and observed that he was like a “student of Jesus.”
Incidentally, Wilson’s past lives are clarified in our July publication on spirit conversations with Jesus Christ (Okawa Ryuho, Asking Jesus Christ: The Same-Sex Marriage Issue, Regarding Gender and Love) We learn that he was once Zebedee, the father of the brothers James and John, two of the twelve disciples of Jesus.
Inheriting the tempestuous spirit of Jesus, President Wilson’s vision of America performing its role the world’s policeman —known as Wilsonianism—would henceforth be the foundation of American foreign policy.
Acting as Missionary and Policeman After World War Two
At that time, however, while Wilson’s proposals allowed America to act in the role of “missionary,” they stopped short of allowing America to act as “policeman.” This is because America’s congress, composed mainly of isolationists, said no to such a policy. “Since conflicts arise all over the world, we would have no choice but to send the American army here and there to act as police officer.” In this way they returned to their former isolationism.
As a result result, America, which had become the greatest economic and military power in the world after World War One, once more became unconcerned with foreign disputes, and thus allowed for the rise of Hitler’s Germany and the Nazis.
The reappearance of America in the role of “policeman” is due to the leadership of F. Roosevelt, who guided America through World War Two and used every trick in the book to draw his people out of their tendency to “face inward.”
Nazi troops annexed countries like Austria and Czechoslovakia in quick succession, and occupied France. Roosevelt’s America waited until the very last moment, with Britain on the brink of surrender, before coming to the rescue, joining together with the Soviet Union to form the Allied Powers and thereby gaining victory. Roosevelt based his governing principles on the ideals advocated by Wilson, and by war’s end America had emerged as a superpower.
After the war, in order to create a bulwark against the spread of Soviet communism, America fought the Korean and Vietnam wars. America continued to engage in conflicts like the Gulf War and Iraq War while going back and forth between Wilson’s ideals and isolationism. Each of these battles was conducted on the basis of acting as “policeman” and “missionary” for the spread of liberty and democracy.
After the war, America realized its concept of “exceptionalism” and its special mission to spread freedom and democracy, which took the form of a willingness to employ military strength in an unruly manner. This led to the establishment of more than 700 military bases in 38 countries throughout the world.
Does Obama Intend to Bring an End to Western Civilization?
It appears that President Obama wants to break with the tradition extending from Wilson and Roosevelt. He may even want to eliminate the “special mission” believed by the founding fathers.
Despite the fact that Mr. Obama continues to say that America is “exceptional,” he insists that American exceptionalism also applies to places like Britain and Greece. In terms of foreign relations, he says, America will no longer offer one-sided protection but rather will “seek equal partners.”
Mr. Obama has made speeches in which he apologizes for negative things such as America’s antagonistic relations with the Islamic world and its domestic racial problems.
“America has made mistakes with regard to Islam. America is not perfect.”
“America as nation has struggled with the legacy of slavery and racial discrimination.”
These words reveal that Mr. Obama intends to make the point that “America is not special.”
Furthermore, we can say that President Obama wants to express an attitude of “anti-colonialism.” In 2012, a documentary film—2016: Obama’s America—was released that put the spotlight on the formation of Obama’s thought since childhood. In this film, Mr. Obama is depicted as holding to the idea that it is time to reverse the 500 years of history of white domination, during which various Western countries controlled Africa and Asia.
Because the director supports the Republican Party, some say we must discount this film, but it does seem to capture much of the essence of Mr. Obama. During the period in which he worked in the Chicago slums Mr. Obama studied under and found spiritual guidance from black Christian church pastor Jeremiah Wright. Minister Wright is a radical activist who in his sermons has “cursed” America for its racism and imperialism.
The true meaning of the phrase “America is not the world’s policeman,” seems to be that America must atone for the “sins”—i.e., invasions, atrocities and exploitation—of Christian civilization’s relations with the non-Christian world.
In the reading of Happy Science, this could not be more evident. It has become clear that in a previous life President Obama’s was the 15th-16th century Aztec King Montezuma the Second (Ryuhō Okawa, 2012: Will the World Really End?). As the last king of the Aztecs, he saw his nation destroyed by Spanish invasion. In addition, he has been reborn as other Indian chieftain and so on destroyed by the white man. Within the history of Mr. Obama’s past lives are many cases of human tragedy resulting from invasion and defeat by Christian civilization.
In a May 2011 recording of the spirit of Montezuma then Second, one of Mr. Obama’s past lives, he said the following:
“For several hundred years, under the banner of racism and a sense of superiority, white people have piled up various evil deeds. In that time, the peoples of Africa, Asia, Central and South America suffered from discrimination, persecution and atrocities, but they have not yet received their share of ‘karmic returns’. Therefore, I will bring this to fulfillment.”
“I will bring about the end of white civilization.”
Global Turmoil Will Last Until 2020
It seems Mr. Obama is trying to pull America further away from its responsibilities as “missionary” or “policeman” by gaining the support of such people as Hispanics and blacks, who will soon make up a majority of the American people.
There is enmity between the Republican and Democratic parties, but because of Mr. Obama’s determination to push forward higher taxes on the wealthy and an expansion of the social welfare budget, he has brought about the situation in which he is forced to cut the annual defense budget of 100 billion dollars (roughly 10 trillion yen). The conservative wing of the Republican Party has been painted as the villain in this fall’s rejection of the budget and risk of default, but it has its origins in Mr. Obama’s plans to expand the welfare state.
With regard to the problem of Iran’s nuclear program, America is doing its utmost to avoid the use of military force. After Mr. Rouhani was elected president, he was sent a letter from Mr. Obama, offering an end to sanctions as Iran wished.
It is thought that China plans to absorb Taiwan by 2020, have six aircraft carriers by 2030, and expel all US armed forces out of the Western Pacific by 2040. For these reasons they have expanded their armed forces in the past twenty some years and increased their military budget by more than seven-fold. Even for this sort of China, and North Korea, who is pushing for “nuclear power” status, America’s first priority is to hold talks, by which they somehow manage to hush the matter up. With things like Syria’s civil war and the Iranian nuclear problem happening in the Middle East, the policy of a rebalance or pivot of diplomacy and military forces to Asia is vanishing like mist.
Mr. Obama’s creation of such “empty strength” reminds us of the decline of the British Empire, which allowed Hitler’s Germany to sweep across Europe in the 1930s. With Germany’s Nazi army invading in all directions, they could do nothing to stop such a strong nation. It is very likely that today’s Nazis are China or North Korea. Because of Iran’s machinations, a great war could be brought about in the Middle East.
Mr. Obama’s term in office ends in 2016. In the three remaining years, the world will have to withstand such turmoil.
We anticipate that the next president, to be inaugurated in 2017, will be a “strong president.” However, he will have to spend time cleaning up after Mr. Obama, so an American revival will likely take another two or three years after that. Until about 2020 there will be a period in which Japan and the world will have to wait patiently.
Japan Fights for God’s Justice
What can Japan do to survive until 2020? While America loses its “exceptional” status and temporarily abandons its mission to “spread freedom and democracy throughout the world,” Japan has no choice but to shoulder this burden from here on.
The American Declaration of Independence sings: “All men are created equal, and are granted by their Creator the inviolable right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” This is the basic, foundational principle of America as a nation, and while it was to realize this purpose that America moved towards isolationism, it was also to implement this idea throughout the world that led to the change in course that was Wilsonianism. And a similar idea has been inherited in the Japanese constitution. This is symbolized in the Article 13 of the Constitution of Japan, which states: “All citizens have the right to freedom and the pursuit of happiness.” This is a universal concept of a much higher order than regulations like Article 9, which limits the use of arms to a defeated nation.
Within this concept, we can clearly see the idea of “God’s justice.” While America takes one step backwards, it is up to Japan to declare “We will fight evil in the struggle for God’s justice, in our mission to create a better world.” In this way Japan must also have the strength to realize God’s justice.
In taking a stand against the Nazis, British Prime Minister Churchill declared: “Hitler is a devil who has crawled from the deepest abyss.” “This war is a struggle between human rights and a dictator’s desires. There shall be no compromise.” With these declarations, he was able to actually take down a dictator. We would like Japan to have such vigor.
We Need to Be Confident About Japan as the Deliverer of Justice
Syria’s President Assad, who has killed 100 thousand of his own citizens without remorse, has already lined himself up beside the devil. Russia and America have recently come to an agreement on the disposal of Syria’s chemical weapons, but by focusing his distaste solely on chemical weapons, Mr. Obama seems to be providing “support” to Mr. Assad by implying that it is fine to use conventional weapons to bring about massive slaughter of civilians. Does the God who bestowed the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness on the American people also pardon the devil?
Both China and North Korea toy with the lives of their citizens, whose God-given rights are trampled underfoot. More than 1.3 billion people are placed in a condition in which they lack freedom of religion, speech, and expression, while those who protest against this put their lives in jeopardy. If America stands by idly, Japan has an obligation to struggle against the tyranny of its neighboring countries, which are acting contrary to God’s justice.
Formerly, when Japan struggled against the colonialism of white powers, which had brought suffering to the peoples of Asian and Africa, it was thoroughly crushed.
Prior to that, Japan had proposed the League of Nations agreement to “abolish racial discrimination.” Within this document was an advanced proposal that requested member nations to end discrimination against those within a country or territory that differed in race or nationality. Of the sixteen countries involved in the verdict on this proposal, eleven declared their support, including representatives from Japan, China, and France. However, America and Britain, who were opposed, devised a scheme whereby Chairman Wilson abruptly declared that the resolution had “failed.” Until then decisions were always based on majority rule, but Wilson employed a good dash of sophism to declare that the significance of the matter in question meant that it required unanimous support.
In short, the dream of an end to racial discrimination was consigned to oblivion by Wilson, the man who was self-conscious of having a God-given mission. As such, we should not be too concerned about bragging of Japan as a vehicle for God’s justice.
After President Obama’s declaration that “America is not the world’s policeman,” we do no longer need Japanese politicians who depend upon the idea that “America will come to our protection.” We need a true leader like Wilson who can discuss the meaning of God’s justice, and at the same time, one like Churchill, who’s willing to stand up to evil.
Editor in Chief