Thanks for those of you who have been messaging me or thinking of me hearing about the attack in Ouagadougou. I've been back in japan since several months and am safe. My loved people in the country are safe as well.
It's hard for someone who is not familiar with the place to imagine what it is like. I write here my thoughts after hearing the news.
Reading one of the articles on the web, it is mentioned that "Five defense and security personnel were among 22 people wounded." Given that positioning of security guards have been greatly encouraged and practiced at most of the high-priced, for the riches places including the site since the coup d'État in 2015 and even more after the terrorists attack in 2016, this shocking news makes us wonder if they are functioning. However, the work of those guards there seems more to be regular prevention than a fight in the actual incident, by making the place look difficult to attack, and this may have been functioning.
The cafe perfectly targeted wealthy and 'relatively wealthier people', and this can include such like myself who would be considered below average if looked on a western world basis but relatively much richer than country's standard. I've been there several times just to have a coffee or a cake in a luxury environment with much reasonable price compared to cafes in Tokyo. But this $3 coffee might be able to cover a monthly expense of some standard person in a village in Burkina. As I have mostly worked in a countryside's small town, I did not have many friends who I would think could be a customer of that cafe, and a normal Japanese or American who lives there would never be at such place at 9 pm anymore, I wasn't worried that much about my friends. Then I guess most of the victims turned out to be the burkinabes who are relatively wealthier and who have less fear than the foreigners for going out at night.
Now, I'd imagine people asserting that the terrorists are evil. I have no question about why they'd think so or no argument against them. But everyone has his reason. Sometimes that reason is understandable to others, and other times not at all. But at the very least should we try to know.
I hope Ouagadougou would soon regain the peace or don't know if it did already, and I do not support terrorism or slaughtering because they make many sad, nor feel the thoughts of those who are considered current evil. But I don't want to insult the one without looking at history. It's not only about Burkina or Middle East but everywhere including such like North Korea or Japan. When the fire sparks start to fall over the town I live in, I could probably only hope the death of the ones who actually pressed the button. But now, when it has not yet entered into my own emergency, if we really want the world's peace, trying to step back to take a wider view and to feel another may be important, before defining the one incomprehensible evil. And I think often I myself is not an outsider of the historical background that have affected those who are called big evil. In fact, because I've been involved and biased already, it is so easy for me to have hatred toward them.
In japan, we've been taught not to do to others what you don't want to be done by others. But I think this is dangerous because it only works when what you don't want is what others don't want. When it's not the case, you'd be treated as someone who is bad, as someone who does what others don't want though you are doing it thinking the contrary. It may have been good for keeping Japan to be Japan, having excluded only the minority living in japan. But we should not do the same when talking about the international conflicts because on the world basis, Japanese majority is an absolute minority.