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I keep hearing "hate America" comments that seem to be derived from the co-prosperity sphere concept. Even Asians and South Pacific peoples who were once conquered are among those who have said such things. I've also heard talk among Japanese people suggesting a desire for Empire. The notion that America's educational reforms has weakened Japan's moral and spiritual purity is not uncommon.

I'd like to see Japan emerge as a solid and independent ally. Hopefully these sentiments will not obsess the populace when they take their equal place next to America, Great Britain, Spain, South Korea, and Australia in defending the free world.

1 posted on 10/25/2003 5:22:25 AM PDT by risk
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To: AmericanInTokyo; TigerLikesRooster
I think some of this rage comes from realizing that North Korea could maybe lob a few undeterred nukes into Japanese cities. If it has the benefit of awakening a dragon that can continue to ally itself with the west, freedom couldn't have a better friend. I hope that's the direction this frustration takes. Let's not forget that the same "educational reformists" who helped in Japan also have been teaching our children not to join the military, go into weapons research, and to dart out in front of Israeli bulldozers.

As I told one Japanese acquaintance, we're not afraid of a nuclear Japan with an axe to grind in Asia (i.e. North Korean militarism and red Chinese expansionism toward Taiwan). We're afraid of what would happen if Japan decided it didn't care what happened to America.

Prime Minister Koizimi has proven that we have every reason to be optimistic with his commitment of money and troops for Iraq.
2 posted on 10/25/2003 5:28:54 AM PDT by risk (Live free or die.)
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To: risk
What was striking, amazing really, about the postwar regency of Douglas MacArthur were the reforms the general, not our idea of a democrat, put in train

Makes me wonder what kind of pansy would fit the author's idea of a democrat...

5 posted on 10/25/2003 7:21:23 AM PDT by Zeppo
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