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Sat, Mar. 19th, 2005 09:29 am
Racist robots

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(Anonymous)
Sat, Mar. 19th, 2005 11:14 am (UTC)

Hang on, aren't there Japanese forces in Iraq? Oh right, they are only defending the country (Japan).

What I find questionable at least is that much of the pacifism (however real that really is) in Japan seems to derive from the perception of Japan as a victim of WW2, not from a horror in the face of what they themselves, this Buddhist / Shintoist society has been capable of. (Koizumi has no problems visiting both Yasukuni and Hiroshima gembaku dome.)

If you remove the feeling that Japan could always be a victim again and hence should strive for a peaceful world, e.g. by giving Japan access to atomic weapons, or, more realistically, if you trigger it (North Korea having atom bombs), who knows what they would do again to extend their sphere of influence?

Btw.: just because one country (the US) might have slightly more negative aspects (militarism, obesity), that does not mean that another country can not have negative aspects as well (cavalier attitude to repression, ultra consumerism). Not even sure you have to order badness on a scale.

And I don't really see how there is a moral obligation to mention one when mentioning the other.
Demanding of someone to first list all the negative points about the country of their birth before they can criticise the country of their residence is silly. In fact, most everywhere else (including the bad bad US) this would be considered racism. ("Dear African-American, would you please stop whining? Be grateful you're not living in Suda.")

(Note that this is completely independent of whether the criticism is actually correct. That is a factual question, the line of argument you seem to be following addresses not the justification but the authorisation to criticise.)

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Polocrunch
Sat, Mar. 19th, 2005 11:21 am (UTC)

Do you think that Japan's major problem after its defeat in the Second World War could be that it was not invaded? It was, admittedly, occupied, and it did surrender unconditionally, but the chain of events that led to its surrender may well have set it up for a 'victim' mentality afterwards. I suppose it is comparable to Weimar Germany, in that there is a feeling of victimisation. Is there a sense of betrayal by the government of the time, or of a desire for vengeance? Perhaps we have nothing to worry about because Japan did not have an economic disaster as acute as Weimar Germany's.


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