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SentimentsSep. 11, 2014 - 07:47PM JST
I agree that the whole forgive and forget thing may mostly be a Christian ideal. So why should a different culture care about such things? History tells us that an "eye for an eye" always has been a more natural way of life. In a sense that makes life (and death) much more predictable. No more worries about an aging population and only simple problems and worries like who is going to blast you away the next time your turn your back to them.
Those who know things I believe don't need to build nuke proof bunkers or storage for weapons. There will not be a surface on earth worth fighting over anymore. Well maybe some people thinks that sitting in a bunker a life-time crying out their anger over wars long ago is a reasonable quality of life.
Maybe we need to try and support the development of versions of forgive and forget of the simple reason that most of us in the global community understands the effects of war and do what we can to try to avoid it.
Posted in: More than half of Chinese see war with Japan: poll
SentimentsSep. 11, 2014 - 04:51PM JST
I think the so called facts from media builds a pretty clear picture about responsibility. The military spending aside, of some strange reason Chinas government are systematically building/enhancing/developing the anti-japanese sentiments in the population (social happenings, games, movie industry). I can't see the same thing happening on the Japanese side. Well maybe Abes visits to yasukuni could be interpreted in such a way or maybe he only wants to honor his dead relatives as tradition bids. The active build up is coming from China and they are forcing Japan to dance. By the way does anyone know what the new Chinese islands, currently under construction in the south china sea, i going to be used for? Ive heard that the Phillipines is getting nervous having Chinese land so close to their borders.
SentimentsAug. 21, 2014 - 08:24PM JST
Well I guess it was inevitable. Obamas speech send an unusually clear message back. For quite some time the ISIL or IS has enjoyed relative peace and quiet during their rampage in Irak. The horrific events aside, earlier I think ISIL has acted on rather intelligent leadership. They seemed to have known enough about military strategy to put their limited resources to best use. But this beheading of Mr J.F. is hard to interpret as anything else than a display of weakness and desperation. In one stroke they managed to loose the fear and respect from their enemies and anger the international community to the degree that it now is more likely that they will be exterminated within a few years. As sad as this murder must be for the Foley family I guess many hardline military commanders and advisers will now rejoice in the light of a newly gained authority. Basically the IS managed to open their very own pandoras box. So what happened? Did a few airstrikes crumble their plans? Did they get chocked when someone actually fired back?
Posted in: Obama warns of jihadist 'cancer' in Iraq as U.S. reveals failed hostage rescue attempt
SentimentsJun. 28, 2014 - 08:11PM JST
A few interpretations on the statements: Its amazing how close this rhetorical outburst come to the ones used by Europeans nations a 100 years ago and of course Hitlers Germany in the 1930:s? Obviously Xi is using national sentiments to build his political power. Does he realize what kind of "political animals" may find a growing potential from such a policy and political climate? One aspect of such a policy is that the relationship to other countries should be interpreted as the others as historical abusers and potential aggressors. Interesting way for a beginning superpower to take responsibility and build peaceful relationships for the future.
I wonder if it is possible to read the statements as: Lets make sure no one else can hurt us and that we can flatten everyone else. If so they should consider the fact that such statements are common for deeply insecure teens, not very different from school-yard shooters.
Posted in: China's Xi calls for stronger frontier defenses
SentimentsJun. 13, 2014 - 12:03PM JST
Im not sure changing the constitution would make Japans military more reckless. They are well educated and well trained. They understand the stakes. However I hope China would stop their greedy expansionist policies and let Japan be so they can keep on being the most peaceful country in the world. Xi needs to read a little more from, what was his name, con fu tses writings.
Posted in: China, Japan blame each other for jet encounter
SentimentsMay. 24, 2014 - 03:21PM JST
Well some of things you state with certainty I have to agree with although I think its not really established as facts. I also find "anti-china" ranting a bit boring, and anti-japan ranting even more boring. But I think you have to admit that the situation with disputes in east and south china sea has escalated to a much more dangerous level by Chinas actions. The war mongering rhetorics is mainly coming from China.
By the way names, dates and facts of history in a post does not make a rational argument. It is the purpose and context of meaning that make tools like names, dates and historical facts rational.
Posted in: China warns Japan to stay out of dispute in South China Sea
SentimentsMay. 24, 2014 - 01:24PM JST
JoeBigs is right. Spokesman's arguments are emotional and not very rational. The present is hopefully quite different from ancient times. Thus time matters when considering what is a reasonable claim or not. However much of Chinas rhetorics seem to be based on an ancient principal: Im big and strong and you are small and weak - therefore this is now mine. When we saw the same kind of logic coming from pre-war Germany, Italy and Japan we didn't react and that turned out to be a costly mistake. Now China is showing similar tendencies and we all better react in time.
SentimentsMay. 19, 2014 - 10:22PM JST
Well if there is some discovery of minerals or oil around these islands you can bet China will dispute ownership faster than they can get a boat there. And of course then these islands have been part of Chinas mainland for a couple of thousand years. Similarly if Chinas drills find nothing I guess Vietnam may well get invited to talks about the Paracels. So what could be the common denominator here ;-) The demands for energy alone will make China step on everyones toes if they have to. This is why they need an enormous military. Blaming Japan is nothing but a nice cover during their own expansion. Nothing really new about that but what is new in the south-east scenario is that India just elected a nationalist to head the country. This may change the situation quite a bit.
Posted in: Japan to establish military outposts on remote islands
SentimentsMay. 16, 2014 - 12:24PM JST
Well at least the Chinese rhetorics are consistent with all neighbors "this is now mine and you should be happy about it", and " Why are you provoking and attacking us and our land/sea". Japan must be pleased with themselves for choosing to respond strongly from the beginning. Its becoming clearer that they did the right thing. I wonder when China will start the same kind of campaigns inland, for instance against mongolia?
Posted in: China says U.S. must be objective about Asia tensions
SentimentsMay. 14, 2014 - 06:09PM JST
Maybe it is not only the language skills that points to Fu. China may hope that Abe, being a conservative, could have a few gender issues on his plate thus making it harder to debate with a woman.
Anyway I bet most people involved will be intelligent enough to see what China is up to. No worries there. But what they say publicly may be something very different. In the end it comes down to sovereignty and money. If Japan backs down the other will most likely be silenced quite quickly.
Posted in: Japan, China to square off at regional security forum
SentimentsMay. 06, 2014 - 11:45PM JST
No Im referring to the Chinese and the Uighur within Chinas current borders. The hardcore islamists has taken it easy with China so far but with Chinas increased power comes interests from others. Of course the US has a solid position as bad guy number one among islamists but I think the increased attention on the Uighur issue in China may soon qualify China as bad guy number two. The south China sea problem and the increasing problems in Africa will pour into to this over time. If it develops according to these prediction, within a year or two there should be increased external financing and as a consequence more advanced weapons used in attacks. As stated earlier the intensity or build up will also depend on other war zones.
Posted in: Six wounded in knife attack at Chinese train station
SentimentsMay. 06, 2014 - 04:53PM JST
I wonder if the Chinese gov understands how serious these attacks may be. Of course hurting innocent people is always serious but the new type of pattern also seem to indicate organization, compared to the earlier attacks. Someone who understands systematic terror has taken control. One or two more successful attacks and I guess the real hardcore islamists from other countries will start to arrive in China. If Syria cools down then they might arrive in big numbers. Maybe China is about to get a painful lesson of the new global world.
Mr Xi, this is not about a crime that the police can solve. This is about people who have lost everything they value by your hands and now they are desperate enough to do something about it. Unfortunately I think this is only the beginning.
SentimentsApr. 25, 2014 - 08:50PM JST
In every society there must be loonies, it is inevitable. In some societies the loonies have the right to express themselves and in other societies they are silenced by norms, psychological oppression, incarcerated or beaten.
So tell me is this miniature demonstration a sign of something bad or possibly something good, maybe both?
Since japans is a democracy I certainly expect to see something like that. However should the numbers increase into thousands I would be worried.
Posted in: Marchers in Ikebukuro fete Hitler's 125th birthday anniversary
SentimentsApr. 08, 2014 - 07:40PM JST
A most sensible and good development. Good for Japan, Aussie and the Chinese people.
Posted in: Australia defends security deal with Japan
SentimentsApr. 06, 2014 - 08:04PM JST
It seems likely that Mr Hagel suspects China will follow Russias example in Ukraine. Previous actions and rhetorics point to such a mindset. If China do then Japan will certainly respond and then all hell breaks loose. With this logic it is simply cheaper for the US to beef up defenses rather than engaging in full war.
Posted in: U.S. sending 2 warships to Japan to counter N Korea; warns China
SentimentsMar. 31, 2014 - 01:04PM JST
Some right-wingers in Japan will most certainly try to change written history to their own suitable needs. However Im sure that they will learn that the time when peoples mind could be controlled like that are over. NK and China and possibly a few more countries are the only states that still try to stop information. Heck even Putin has big trouble to feed his propaganda to the people. If they try to change the accepted view of Japans war atrocities in China I'm sure it will lead to their own loss.
However don't forget that this political game is more about using the guilt sentiments as a bat trying to achieve other goals. As far as I have read so far China has not changed political direction regarding the military build up, south and east china sea, at all. From that point of view it is possible that Xi s talk about war atrocities is nothing but a means to try to subdue Japan in the play for control of the seas.
Posted in: Japan berates China's Xi over Nanjing remarks in Berlin
SentimentsMar. 30, 2014 - 06:09PM JST
Well Mr Xi is a very funny guy. Was the statement an attempt for a career change to stand up comedy?
“We Chinese have long held the belief that we should not do onto others as we do not wish they do onto us ... China needs peace like humans need air and plants need water,” he said"
That may be true for many chinese citizens but for the government, not so much. If he says it together with the issue of not being able to put the war atrocities behind him then I guess it must be true, or maybe just rhetorics again.
Posted in: China's Xi says Japan's wartime atrocities 'fresh in our memory'
SentimentsMar. 29, 2014 - 02:34PM JST
At this point it is a clumsy statement from Abe. He should have kept his mouth shut and wait for more concrete info. The similarities between the way Russia and China reason and act is definitely there. Putin has now got much more heat than he planned for and hopefully that can be something China learns from.
Posted in: China denounces Abe for Russia-Crimea analogy
SentimentsMar. 20, 2014 - 01:09PM JST
Sorry Kazuaki I don't get your point. My point was that Russian representatives are humiliating Obama in public and that will become political ammo in the next election. China more or less supports Russian action and the west will stick together against the Russian occupation, ergo a much more chilling political climate, possibly a "new" cold war.
Zaldaus - yeah I agree, the so called US sponsored advisers are quite common in many countries, and so are Chinese, Russians and other advisers from many countries. Its just business as usual. If there is something special about it I guess the US sponsored advisers are more efficient at influencing natives and media.
Posted in: Japan to impose sanctions against Russia over Crimea
SentimentsMar. 19, 2014 - 04:35PM JST
It seems russian leadership is mostly laughing at the west and Japans sanctions.
Well I guess we are heading for a political regression globally. Welcome back cold war. Old US of A has now got their archenemy back and as it seems, in really good spirit too. If the republicans can muster a reasonable candidate they will use the democrats to wipe the floor in the next presidential election. Then of course the arms race will reach new levels on the sad path to complete destruction. Not what I was hoping for...
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Oct. 23, 2014 - 11:51AM JST
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