“We must never repeat the horrors of war”. With those words, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe closed a historical chapter while visiting Pearl Harbour in Hawaii on Wednesday morning (AEDT). He pledged Japan will never again engage in war.
Great news, except there are plenty of other countries less keen to avoid confrontation.
It’s come to light that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyanhu engaged in a war of words, for the moment, with New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray McCully on the eve of the United Nations Security Council resolution that declared Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, as illegal.
Netanyahu told McCully the resolution co-sponsored by NZ would be considered a “declaration of war”. Israel has since condemned the resolution and vowed to continue to build Jewish homes in occupied territory – another 600 are due to be approved today.
At the same time, Russia has called a US move to better arm Syrian rebels a “hostile act” and an attempt to influence US President-elect Donald Trump to continue what she called Washington’s “anti-Russian line” during his administration.
Closer to home, Jewel Topsfield reports a bomb has been defused by Indonesian police already on high alert for terror attacks on New Year’s Eve. Topsfield also reports on a new twist in the blasphemy saga gripping Indonesia with Islamic hardliner Habib Rizieq reported to police for allegedly insulting Christianity.
And from the bizarre files, the number of devotees to Our Lady of Holy Death, or Santa Muerte, is growing and not only in Mexico where the skeleton is the patron of violent drug cartels. The ghostly “saint” also has followers in , among other countries, and the Catholic Church is not happy.