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November 23, 2005


Tom the Redhunter

All of what you report is certainly good news as far as I am concerned.

In the immediate post-war era it was a good idea to make sure that Japan wouldn't repeat their recent history, and as such their pacificist constitution was on-target. But Japan has more than demonstrated that they have become a truely democratic nation with no chance of repeating their past (Tom Clancy's novel notwithstanding). It is time that they revise their constitution.

The PRC will cry foul, of course, and will play the WWII card to the hilt. But that game is getting old, and most people outside of China won't be impressed.

As you well know, but I don't think most people do, Japan has one of the most powerful and modern militaries in the world. They would make an invaluable ally in any war with the PRC over Taiwan.

As for India, I would be happy to see their economy strengthened.

I don't know much about Indonesia's foreign policy with regards to China and Taiwan. How are they important to us? Would they help us in any showdown over Taiwan? Are they at odds with the PRC over anything? Any oil-rich islands, for example (like the Philippines)? Maybe you can enlighten me here.


Don't kid yourself: strengthening the US-Japan alliance is NOT AT ALL the reason for strengthening Japan's military. A

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