Tag Archives: aggression

In the Wake of Pearl Harbor

During the months that followed the attack on Pearl Harbor, detention camps were built and filled with Americans of Japanese decent. Furthermore, Japanese expatriates aided the Imperial Army’s takeover of Luzon, as those living in the area of Port Arthur had, 37 years earlier, aided the Imperial Navy’s bringing Russia to terms at the Portsmouth Naval Base in Kittery, ME.

I conjecture that, at this time, FDR twice applied his warning “The only thing to fear is fear[‘s distractive nature] itself”: first, by continuing to withhold any witness of what had occurred during the Imperial Army’s march to and occupation of Nanjing; and secondly, by withholding a newly acquired recognition that, not detaining those of Japanese descent living on the West Coast would have seriously risked a total loss to the Axis. That risk being unabated were even 100% of those being considered for detention known to be patriotic. Forget any active risk; there had been a far more dangerous passive risk in leaving them as they were.

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Iraq: A Rushed Decision

April Glaspie shakes hands with Saddam Hussein

Friendly or Fauxy

In early 2003 Saddam Hussein had, at the very least, access to materials and designs for the production of weapons of mass destruction; furthermore, he would soon have had at his disposal the unfettered wealth of Iraqi oil fields. At that time President Bush appeared to be faced with a dilemma: either live with the coming critical mass of oil wealth and homicidal mania, or launch a preemptive war.

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Middle East Revisited: Terrorism

I write here of distortions in terrorist relationships to heritage and to self, not about their finding my country, the United States, to be a detriment to either. Stripped of these distortions, any disappointment in our involvement would not be constantly upstaging its own agenda.

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Nuclear Assault

U.S. and USSR/Russian nuclear weapons stockpil...

Nuclear stockpiles

There is something missing from the current confrontations with Iran and North Korea: a clarification of those less obvious actions constituting a nuclear assault. Likely to be misconstrued as saber- rattling, in fact, such a declaration would bring, with its openness, a fairness both to those who might be otherwise confused and to those down wind from that confusion. Remember that détente was grounded in an ongoing mutual clarity.

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Wondering Through the Middle East

Where there is trust, the shortest route to a person’s beliefs is a straight question, but at this time where in the Middle East is there trust. Instead there are inner convictions, unspoken and often misguided, militating against peace. People are surely too complex and my credentials too sparse for more than guesses, so take much of what follows as such. Since often questions say more than they ask, also freely discard those of mine that seem to say too much and take the rest as starting points.

The inquiry addresses these topics:

  • Terrorism throughout the region
  • Palestinians and Israelis
  • Iraq and the Coalition
  • The quest for peace

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