They’ve Already Done It Once

On March 30, Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) submitted a recommendation for the steps Japan should take to effectively respond to an ever-heightening missile threat from North Korea. The recommendations had three main parts: potential new acquisition of ballistic missile defense (BMD) assets to enhance existing BMD capability; exploration of acquiring “counter-attack” capability; and protection of exclusive economic zones (EEZ).

Out of the three recommendation, the second — exploration of “counter-attack” capability — attracted the biggest attention for its controversial nature. While the members of the study group — comprised mostly of former defense ministers, former deputy defense ministers, and former parliamentary vice ministers — emphasized that they do not intend to recommend Japan acquire “pre-emptive strike” capability,….

(LOL. This is from the guys who raised “pre-emptive strikes” to an art form – ed.)

…the senior members of Komeito, LDP’s ruling coalition partner, are already voicing concern that Japan’s move to acquire such “offensive” capability may contradict with “exclusively defense-oriented defense posture (senshu bouei),” one of the fundamental principles of Japan’s post-war defense policy.

Japan already has the maps, knows the terrain, and has extensive records from the last time they visited without proper visas. And as an American, I welcome the prospect of somebody else’s blood being spilt to fix a problem.

You’re not gonna like it when your citizens find out that real freedom is just a long walk away.

One Response to “They’ve Already Done It Once”

  1. This is true, but I speculate that the Japanese may be merely doing a bit of unexpected saber rattling.

    We know, at least–75 years on and the Japanese still don’t seem to grasp, or at least haven’t internalized it yet–that all of Japan’s neighbors in the former Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere have very long memories, and ample reason, dating back to around the middle of the last century if you want to get specific, to distrust the Japanese and view things like this with great alarm.

    The prospect of a Japanese attack just might be the one thing that could unify the Korean Peninsula. China certainly wouldn’t stay out either, and a unified Korea would likely welcome Chinese assistance. I don’t know whether the Japanese fully understand this, but it wouldn’t end well for them, and we would do well to avoid getting dragged into what could set off the Third World War.

    In any event it is starting to look like we should consider pulling our troops out and leaving the region to its own devices, meaning, in the long term, becoming client states of Chinese regional hegemony. Which is exactly what the Chinese want.

    But at this point we are getting back far less than we’re spending on the alliance with South Korea. We thank them kindly for the yeoman service the ROK Dragon Eye Marines performed on counterinsurgency duty in Vietnam fifty years ago, and likewise for their token participation in Afghanistan, but a nation eighteen trillion, with a T, dollars in debt, needs to start asking questions like “But what have you done for us lately?” before getting involved in regional military rivalries and border conflicts taking place on borders not our own.