Preventing the U.S.-Iran War: The 100-Year Plan For Perpetual Peace in the Middle East
Editor-in-Chief Monthly Column

Trump announced that he would not retaliate against Iran for the U.S. military base attack in Iraq. But will he keep his promise?

 

1. Fixing America’s Brutality

It looks as though the U.S.-Iran showdown has settled for now.

President Trump announced that there were no U.S. soldiers harmed in the Iran strike and consequently, will not be retaliating.

But Trump is trying to put a stop to Iran’s nuclear development and tip the Middle East situation in favor of his ally, Israel. He may soon launch a strike on Iran’s major military bases.

Iran will also probably use Shiite armed organizations scattered throughout the Middle East to attack other U.S. bases. If they decide to strike Israel, the consequences are unmistakable: a chaotic war.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has made efforts to mediate the dispute. He seems like a third party moving around out of good will, but his involvement and responsibility is heavier than we think. That’s because Japan’s actions and their decisions for change will have significant impact on the future of the Middle East.

 

Scenario: The Fall of Iran

It is the year 202X: the U.S.-Iran conflict has escalated to the point where the U.S. has made bombing raids on Iran, like they did to Dresden and Tokyo during WWII. After Iran surrenders, the U.S. changes the Iranian government, like they did to Japan’s Imperial system. This puts an end to the religious and cultural tradition of Iran.

America’s Iran strategy follows the same course as their war against Japan in WWII: The U.S. imposes economic sanctions on Iran to force them to make the first move so the U.S. can play the part of an innocent victim. What follows is a full-scale war.

Then comes their strategy for occupation. The U.S. once stripped Japan of their religious faith and samurai spirit, and abolished the military, in order to prevent Japan from ever turning against them again. They use this “success story” and apply the same post-war strategy to Iran.

In the 5 centuries before the war, the West had continued the colonial domination of people of color. But they never seriously repented that underlying brutality, and now Trump is its successor.

The outright denial of other countries religions and cultures is cruelty itself. Japan’s Emperor and the Shinto religion was the central pillar of the Japanese people before the war, and parts of it went beyond localism: it had universal validity.

Likewise there are universally valid elements in Iran’s current Muslim government. The Supreme Leader is aiming to become a kind of philosopher king, and the Iranian people are said to be the world’s most deeply religious people.

Japan is a country that has experienced American brutality, and is therefore in a position to encourage them to reflect on this mistake. Now is the time to amend the U.S. occupation strategy, and for Japan to retrieve her religious faith and samurai spirit.

 

U.S. “Brutality” Continues

What they did to Japan in WWII:

Took away religious faith from the Japanese people.

 

Bombed the cities, and dropped two atomic bombs, killing millions.

 
What they are doing to Iran now:

Wanting to execute Ayatollah Khamenei?

 

Assassinating Soleimani. Is this really an act of defense?

 

Revise U.S. “Success Story”

Now, a different scenario. In the 2020s Japan amends Article 9 of the Constitution, and renames the Self-Defense Forces as the “Defense Military”. It goes back to being the country of bushido, which doesn’t entrust their national defense in the hands of other countries like they are doing now.

At the root of the samurai spirit is a strong religious faith: the idea of having no attachments to worldly life. The constitutional amendment becomes a turning point for the people to regain their faith in God. Trump, who once said that Japan is a country of warriors, is happy about Japan’s newfound ‘independence’.

The U.S. leaders reevaluate what they did to Japan during the post-war period (the “success story”) and their brutality is held in check.

There are said to be three reasons why founder and CEO of Happy Science, Master Ryuho Okawa, was born in Japan: to reevaluate the history of Western colonization; to fight communism and materialism; and to reform the Muslim region. Japan now faces all three problems.

Japan needs to change in order to satisfy her part as a key player in the U.S.-Iran solution. Japan can change the future of the U.S. and Iran by shouldering greater responsibility to the world.

 

2. The Responsibility for Modernizing the Muslim Region

Many parts of the Muslim region still suffer from poverty. The oil industry is about the only developed industry in the area. Why the lack of development? One reason is that their hatred towards the West is compelling them to reject the Western idea of prosperity. And the cause of this hatred stems from the Crusades and Western colonialism. Believe it or not, the Muslim region was the most advanced civilization during the medieval period. Around 800 the Abbasid Caliphate was at its zenith, which encouraged the development of many fields including philosophy, mathematics and astronomy.

For 300 years from the 11th century, Christendom launched a series of Crusades in the hope of regaining Jerusalem. Saladin led the Muslim army to meet the Crusaders, and eventually the Muslim forces won. But the Crusaders’ looting and ruthless slaughtering left deep scars on the Muslim people.

Around 1600, Europe began to colonize many parts of the world. In the 1800s, Europe began modernization, and started to extend their colonies to the Middle East and Arab regions.
After WWII, the Middle East discovered oil. It was almost as if the people suddenly regained the pride of their former glory, and led to the rise of Muslim fundamentalists who yearned for the revival of the age of Muhammad. This sort of purist “expel the barbarians” attitude runs through the radical Islam movements of today.
Basically, poverty in the Middle East comes from their simultaneous rejection and envy of Western prosperity. To achieve prosperity they desperately need to reform the fundamentalist Islamic system.

 

How To Regain Pride

Iran is not quite a totalitarian state, but it is indeed an authoritarian despotism. The police shot at civilian protesters in the anti-government protests last November that were sparked by a sharp rise in petrol prices, leaving over 1500 dead.

The archaic Islamic law is being used in politics, economics and even secular life. Theft is punishable by cutting off hands and feet. Adultery is punishable by stoning. Religious conversion is punishable by death. Sometimes they even do public executions.

What can they do to regain their pride as Muslims, without reverting to the age of Muhammad?

 

Scenario: A Partial Separation of Church and State

It is the year 203X. After being defeated by the U.S., a political reformer appears in Iran who attempts to reform the current condition of Islam. Activists who had defected overseas begin to return.

One model for the reforms was Turkey, a Muslim democratic country.

In the 1920s, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of the Republic of Turkey separated the Islamic law from politics, economics and secular life. He abolished capital punishment for religious conversion. Businesses were released from religious restrictions, which encouraged people to start their own. They achieved democracy after WWII allowing the people to shape their own future.

Turkey based their modernization on Japan. Atatürk wanted his country to become strong like Japan, and stressed the importance of diligence to achieve it.

To return to the scenario, a similar politician appears in Iran, and establishes a partial separation of church and state to allow greater freedom for entrepreneurs. Japan supports this move, and helps to open the doors of prosperity to Iran.

Muslim pride used to refer to living in equality before Allah, but by adding the concept of freedom and democracy, will change it into one that encourages the people to achieve the glory of God in the form of abundance.

Only then can they overcome their underlying hatred and envy towards the Crusades and Western colonialism. Christendom took 1600 years to accept human rights and freedom. In comparison, Islam is still 1400 years old. The modernization of the Muslim region has just begun.

 

The Millennium of Conflict between Islam and Christendom

The Age of Muhammad


Abbasid Caliphate: The Zenith of the Muslim Civilization

The Crusades

Ayyubid dynasty: Saladin and the Muslims fight

Saladin and the Muslims defeat the Crusaders, but leaves deep scars on the Muslim world

Under Mongol Empire rule

Ottoman Empire: the West undergoes modernization, and the power balance flips in their favor


Ottoman Empire reaches its zenith under Sultan Suleiman I, but stagnates after it. Europe begins to rise and colonize other countries.

Britain and France colonize the Arab world

Islamic fundamentalism spreads

U.S. dominates the Middle East for oil

Will the Muslim region embrace modernization and regain their pride?

 

3. Middle Eastern Peace Through Modern Buddhism

The Christian-Islam conflict has continued for the past 30 years, with the Gulf War, Afghan War and the Iraq War. Is there a way to end this ongoing war?

As we saw in the above scenario, if Iran undergoes political reforms in the 2030s, and the government authorities give up their right of religious interpretation, it would make it possible to make religious reforms too. The interpretive key to Middle Eastern peace is the question, “What kind of God is Allah?”

Judaism, Christianity, and Islam believe in the same God: the god of love and mercy. It’s just that their names are different: Elohim, Father in Heaven, Allah. But the problem is that in the Hebrew Bible, the Jewish god Yahweh also appears as the One God.

Yahweh points to the other tribes and says, “then you must destroy them totally” (Deuteronomy 7:2). He is a deity of the Jewish people, not a universal God. The intolerant and warring qualities of all three religions comes from Yahweh’s personality.

 

The Remarkable Tolerance of Buddhism

On the other hand, Buddhism is remarkably tolerant. It teaches that this world was created by the Supreme Creator as a place to train our souls, and that all things have a purpose. It doesn’t even get close to the idea of destroying other races and religions.

It also has polytheistic values: that many Bodhisattvas and Tathagatas are training to become ever closer to Buddha. Buddhism also merges well with politics.

In Tang China, the capital Chang’an was a religiously diverse city where you would come across Christian, Zoroastrian and Manichean churches. During Japan’s Nara period, the country was democratically governed under the spirit of Buddhism introduced by Prince Shotoku. The following Heian period was a period of peace, with Buddhism at the center and Shinto and Taoism thriving alongside it.

It is so tolerant that there is no need to separate church and state. The spirit of Buddhism can lead the world to religious harmony.

 

Scenario: Religious Reforms in the Muslim Region

In the latter half of the 21st century, we witness the coming of a Muslim religious reformer, similar to Martin Luther.

At this time, Happy Science also spreads into the Muslim region. The primary teachings of The Laws of the Sun, The Golden Laws, and The Laws of Eternity reveals to them the grand scheme and history of the Supreme Creator and the lesser gods (or Angels and Bodhisattvas). This modern Buddhism is accepted throughout the region.

The understanding that the Supreme Creator is Elohim, the Father in Heaven and Allah, gives the three major religions a common ground of understanding. The intolerance that stems from Yahweh is erased.

The Happy Science teachings of the spirit world also spread to the U.S., igniting religious reforms. People learn to differentiate between God the Father and Yahweh. The colonial brutality of Christian civilization disappears.

The modern Buddhism opens a future of religious harmony, and in the 22nd century, it brings an end to all religious conflict in the Middle East.

 

From Understanding to Middle Eastern Peace

To make this a reality, we need to revive the spirit of Buddhism in Japan.

During the Meiji period, Japan decided to abolish Buddhism. They completely destroyed the virtue of religious tolerance that they had maintained since the 7th century. Before WWII, they tried to establish a world without racism (the Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere) but Shinto wasn’t inclusive enough to envelop other religions and races.

In 1992, Master Okawa said in his book “The Conditions for Building the Ideal Nation of Japan”

 

We need to create a spiritual upsurge in Japan based on the spirit of Buddhism, and to spread that world of mercy, that world of co-existence, throughout the globe.

 
There is a new world religion – Happy Science – that is trying to bring about an ‘age of understanding’ where we can establish peace in the Middle East for all time.

Jiro Ayaori

 


 

How to Establish Perpetual Peace in the Middle East

The God of Worship

Judaism Hebrew Bible Elohim/Jewish deity Yahweh
Christianity New Testament Father in Heaven
Islam Qur’an Allah
Happy Science as the Modern Buddhism Faith in the Creator God – El Cantare

Yahweh’s intolerance and exclusivity has entered the other teachings.

 

The Creator God’s tolerance will bring the three older religions together in harmony.

 
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