A recent editorial in the Japanese Times shows that the Japanese just don't get it. The op-ed says that the spate of rhetoric from the Axis of Weasels over the liberation of Iraq is far more damaging than any benefits we might gain from the recent war. The author also drags out the tired old "Arab street" bogeyman, stating that increased tensions over our victory might lead to a "clash of civilizations" between the US and the Islamic world.
Somebody should clue this guy in. For one thing, it's "increased tensions" from the 9/11 attacks that led to the American decision to seek out and put an end to support that terrorist organizations receive. Since the majority of Arab states either actively support terrorism or ignore it by refusing to actively pursue and arrest wanted terrorists, it looks to me like this "clash of civilizations" has already started. But it wasn't the US who fired the first shot.
So far as the Weasels are concerned, they tried very hard to stop the US from pursueing an action that's seen as being vital to our self defense and security. Sure, they can disagree, but doing anything in their power to prevent actions that America perceives as essential to saving lives? It's fair to say that it isn't the US who's destroying international relations.
The author ends by stating that the Japanese government has been a supporter of the US invasion, mainly due to fears about North Korea. He voices the wish that the US and Japan can defuse the situation "wisely" by using diplomacy.
What are they feeding people in the Land of the Rising Sun, anyway? Stupid pills? Hello! Diplomacy has already failed! North Korea admitted last year that they continued with their nuclear development program in direct violation of an agreement they had with the US. We held up our end, they decided to "unilaterally" ignore the deal and just go ahead with it anyway.
I figure that all that seaweed they eat must be screwing with their brains.