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.
posted on 10/25/2003 5:28:54 AM PDT
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Uh huh. Until Japan has nukes, Japan will suck up to us. We provide their only deterrence to a nuke attack. After they're in the club, what do you think will happen? Back to self-reliance. This article mentions the Emperor, a war criminal, was allowed to remain. What it doesn't mention is that myriad others that certainly would qualify were allowed to not only remain, but continue to run huge businesses and political groups. And that group is only now loosening its reins on power. I am less than eager to jump up and down with excitement over Japan going nuclear OR rearming.
Y'all be happy about another Rising Sun. I'll maintain my cynicism about their one-party system's peaceful aims.
Oh, right, there are multiple parties in Japan. It's a democracy. RIIIIIIGHT.
posted on 10/25/2003 5:36:02 AM PDT
(The scariest nine words in the English Language: We're from the government. We're here to help you.)
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