July 11, 2022

Shinzo Abe

As the whole world knows, Shizo Abe, the longest serving Prime Minister of Japan has been assassinated

The U.S. press, as is their wont, are rather maligning his memory, but Abe was one of the most consequential world leaders of the last 20 years. 

He was certainly a patriot and a nationalist, but he was also very much an internationalist, working tirelessly to negotiate defense and trade agreements with other members of the Asia-Pacific region, contributing to peace and stability in that part of the world. He recognized China's dark turn earlier than most world leaders, and while most countries refused to take the growing threat seriously, Abe was tenacious in setting up alliances and agreements against considerable diplomatic headwinds. 

The free world would be in a far worse position if not for Abe, who without starting a single war managed to tower over most of the world's leaders in stature and consequentiality during his time in office.

He will be missed. 

There are further thoughts on the man and his legacy here and here.

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