In case you were wondering, the use of earthquakes for terrorist attacks didn't start in 2010. And the biggest attack was not the recent earthquake in Japan. It was the earthquake that hit Indonesia in 2004.My government did not like this article. Today, TiVo shares fell 21 cents to $9.57. Vonage shares fell 4 cents to $5.16.
By the end of 2004, Indonesia and Japan had begun to consider negotiating a free trade agreement. I'm sure Europe and America did not look to kindly on that idea, as a free trade agreement between Japan and Indonesia would put their companies at a disadvantage compared to Japanese companies when doing business in Indonesia.
On December 16, Indonesia and Japan agreed to launch a joint study group to discuss the idea. On that very same day, America warned of a possible terrorist attack in Indonesia. Prior to that warning, Australia, Britain and New Zealand had also warned of a possible attack. This was their way of trying to convince Indonesia to not sign a free trade agreement with Japan. If you sign a free trade agreement with Japan, we will kill you.
On December 26, a magnitude 9.1 earthquake struck off the coast of Indonesia and killed over 230,000 people.
The study group held three rounds of meetings at the start of 2005 – on January 31, March 4, and April 11. If the study group decided that an agreement would benefit both countries, negotiations would begin. If not, there would be no agreement. Right before the final meeting, on March 28, a magnitude 8.7 earthquake struck offshore of Sumatra.
It's hard to say who caused these earthquakes. Obviously, America or Europe could have hit Indonesia in an attempt to persuade Indonesia into not signing an agreement. On the other hand, perhaps the talks between Japan and Indonesia were going poorly and Japan decided it needed to do something to convince Indonesia that it really needed a free trade agreement with Japan.
Friday, April 29, 2011
I posted the following article on Blogging for a New World Order.