Saturday, August 09, 2014

Sixty-Nine Years

A statue in an alcove of Urakami Cathedral

The sixty-ninth anniversary of the bombing of Nagasaki had its usual platitudes of peace and a world without nuclear weapons.

Now, in an era of a belligerent China and an insane North Korean leader, Japan can no longer afford to adhere its pacifist constitution which has been in place since the end of the Second World War.

Japan doesn't have to adopt the militaristic (quasi-Islamist, really) mindset that dragged it into an unwinnable war but it does have to be mindful of what can destroy it if it doesn't fight back.


Carlos Perera said...

After the history of serial U. S. abandonment of its allies since the early 1960s, Japan--I say this with great shame--would be mad to trust its national security to the vagaries of American foreign policy. The preservation of sovereignty in a dangerous corner of the world requires the nation's ability and willingness to defend _itself_ with military force, however much one might wish 'twere otherwise.

Osumashi Kinyobe said...

Even without Obama, other countries would sooner or later have to rely on themselves for defense, ect. It's just now Obama appears both indifferent and imbecilic.

I think Japan should form a solid alliance with other Asian nations against China. It's anti-nuclear stance means nothing if Chinese-backed North Korea unleashes a nuclear payload (God forbid).