“There are concerns when this operation starts the United States will try to intervene,” said Osaka. “Are there any assurances they will not?”
Toshio put down his teacup. “No, my friend, there are no assurances. One can never completely predict how a foreign government will react when their nationals are a target of terrorism.”
Osaka shifted uneasily. Toshio smiled. “Make no mistake, that is exactly what the United Sates will call our operation. But that’s also the strength of your plan. They will not deal with terrorists and have a history of not responding when a friendly nation is in control of the situation. Politically, there’ll be a great deal of pressure on Manila, but it’s highly unlikely they’ll commit their military to any action here in the Philippines.”
Osaka nodded. “I understand all of this, but our friends in Tokyo are looking for some guarantees their investment will pay off. The last thing we need is the American military marching in to save the world again.”
“Please believe me, I mean no disrespect when I say if they want guarantees they should go shopping for a car. What we’re involved in is a gamble. The government in Manila is predictable, as are the Americans. The problem with America is you never know what will send them on a crusade.
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