Remember Pearl Harbor: Provoking Japan, Provoking North Korea

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Graeme MacQueen is a retired member of the Religious Studies Department at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, where he is currently Associate Professor. He received his doctorate in Buddhist Studies, from Harvard University. In 1989 Graeme helped found McMaster’s Centre for Peace Studies, which he directed from 1989-1996. He was also a founder and co-director of the Centre’s War and Health programme committee and was co-director of the three year Health of Children in War Zones project funded by Health Canada. The project was active in three war zones. Graeme has recently been co-director of two projects in Afghanistan. He is currently co-director of the project Media and Peace Education in Afghanistan, funded by the Canadian International Development Agency. With colleagues, he has expressed some of the principles utilized in the war and health work of the Centre for Peace Studies in Peace and Change (1997), the British Medical Journal (1998), Medical Crossfire (2000) and The Lancet (2000)
GRAEME MACQUEEN—The sad fact is that as long as the so-called “great powers” continue to use treaties such as the NPT to get what they want, while denying other states equal rights, nuclear proliferation will be extremely difficult to prevent.  I have no magical solution to the current crisis, but it seems to me that the Security Council is violating the UN Charter, which it has no authority to do, and is acting to prevent a peaceful outcome. 

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3 thoughts on “Remember Pearl Harbor: Provoking Japan, Provoking North Korea

  1. In my humble opinion, all the propaganda about tiny North Korea and its dangerous toys is showing muscle to intimidate China and to give raison d’etre to Trump’s foreign policy or whatever goes by that name. Trump as a New York business man in real estate is accustomed to threats and no action except demolition to build something more expensive on the site. This may sound too simple and naive, but Trump’s presidency is simple and naive in his tweets and it is more bluster than brawn. One should not forget that most of his cabinet are generals and generals do not like war (it is the civilian amateurs who like to knock heads and the Democrat bureaucrats are the war party here). So strutting about the stage, Trump is not going to war but like with Russia far prefers a business-like detente and that is why he is so hated. On the other hand his back office consists of arch conservatives who think that reducing social entitlements will make people work harder and make more money for their bosses. Democrats are the neo-liberals who prefer a modicum of social support for workers because in their book token concessions work better to exert more labor power (it also makes for more sly and underhand corruption). The manipulated US population is offered a take-your-pick of two Janus-faced identical options and this binary split in US politics is a very clever way to contain popular social demands with either party from time to time giving imponderabilia away to keep a power balance. So like once with Reagan and Grenada Trump may invade Montenegro to show his virility, but I doubt that they will let him take on a bear like Russia or allow an attack on the huge Chinese buffalo’s flanks.

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    Which does not take away the pressure from the weapons industry, one of the most profitable and foreign export US enterprises. They like wars but proxy ones where no US involvement is detectable. And the US wounded soldiers are praised (while starved from medical and economic help) to keep appearances up that all aggression comes from the outside to harass a peaceful nation. As already de Tocqueville intimated but did not openly write, hypocrisy is the mainstay of US governing (who knows, it may be a necessity to keep a large nation intact).

  3. Completely agree with Mr Rocjart. His analysis is spot on. And yes, in any country like America where the pretense of democracy is still alive, hypocrisy must be the default approach to government.

    Stan Grinnell
    Cleveland

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