Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Buried News Worth Noting

I heard the first of this on the Dennis Prager show yesterday and indeed had to look for the story as it wasn't one of the day's top headlines.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/2757923.stm

Although the striking capabilities of the Japanese self-defense forces might be questionable, that they are considering it, and discussing how this may conflict with their constitution is a rather big deal.

Japan is really a sleeping giant in the Far East, and her neighbors might be wise to avoid waking her. According to Alan Axelrod in his new book, Profiles in Audacity, until Truman made the decision to drop the bomb, the Japanese people had never surrendered. As in ever. Conventional wisdom was that this wasn't even part of their culture.

Since the end of the war, the Japanese have been constitutionally limited to maintaining self-defense forces only. Prager's point on his talk show was that Japan's statement yesterday, although directed at North Korea, was intended for China. No doubt the Japanese are considering every option available. Israel could offer them some pointers, I'm certain, on first strikes against hostile neighbors. Imagine for a moment that Israel hadn't hit Saddam's reactors, and he had developed the bomb. What a different world we'd be living in right now.

6 comments:

Call Me Mom said...

That is very interesting. Graceland may be good for something other than attracting tourists eh?

Call Me Mom said...

http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2006/06/20060630-6.html

Call Me Mom said...

http://www.whitehouse.gov/
news/releases/2006/06
/20060630-6.html

Sorry about that, these things have a difficult time with urls, Not enought characters allowed in the line program I suspect.

Call Me Mom said...

My apologies for the spelling error.

The Monarchist said...

Mom,

Great link - I had heard that the PM was a huge fan, and what an event for the staff at Graceland!

You know, if you're ever interested in "guest blogging" on a topic, you can always e-mail me something through the link under my profile and I'd be happy to put it up.

-AH

Call Me Mom said...

Thank you for the offer, I may do that.