Uh, Japan might want to reconsider this
Why people don't trust Japan
Japan may postpone North Korea resolution
By MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press Writer 2 hours, 17 minutes ago
The Germans have long atoned for WWII, the World Cup finally putting an end to even the English baiting of Germans long considered sporting.
TOKYO - Japan said Monday it was considering whether a pre-emptive strike on
North Korea's missile bases would violate its constitution, signaling a hardening stance ahead of a possible U.N. Security Council vote on Tokyo's proposal for sanctions against the regime.
The vote itself could be delayed for several days, a news agency reported.
China asked Japan to postpone the vote until later this week and Japan is prepared to accept, Kyodo News agency said.
Japanese officials had earlier vowed to push ahead with a resolution that would impose sanctions on North Korea for its missile tests last week, but said Tokyo would not insist on a Monday vote.
Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi told reporters his government wants a vote on the measure "as soon as possible."
"I think we must send a message that's as clear as possible" to North Korea, he said.
Japan was badly rattled by North Korea's missile tests last week and several government officials openly discussed whether the country ought to take steps to better defend itself, including setting up the legal framework to allow Tokyo to launch a pre-emptive strike against Northern missile sites.
But Japan is a different story.
Japan has no credibility with it's neighbors because it has never come to terms with it's past. It plays the nuclear victim card, but doesn't realize that it's army raped it's way across Asia, treated Allied POW's abominally, murdered Allied troops in battle, and nearly destroyed China.
If Japan attacked Korea, no matter what the reason, riots would break out in Seoul and much of China. Why? Because as pathetic as Kim Jong Il is, as crazy as his regime is, if Japan bombed first, it would be an act of agression unacceptable to most of Asia.
The Chinese rioted when their team lost to Japan in the last Asia Games, They were close to lynching Japanese in the streets. The Public Security Bureau flooded the streets.
Without a North Korean attack on Japan, any Japanese action against them would be seen as a return to bad old days, which is as unacceptable in Canberra as it is in Singapore, Hanoi and Bejing.
The Japanese tend to walk through foriegn relations as if they were bystanders in WWII. Like it was some other imperial Army raping and murdering millions of Chinese, who enslaved Indian POW's, who overworked British POW's and executed Australian commandos.
The historically indifferent Bush Administration doesn't seem to care, the rulers in Bejing have a very different view. What the Bush Administration doesn't get is that view is shared in Manila, Canberra and Seoul.
I can't imagine the Chinese tolerating a second Pearl Harbor on North Korea, no matter how crazy Kim Jong Il is.
posted by Steve @ 3:47:00 PM