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January 23, 2014

The Worthless Islands That Lead to War


Many in China believe that China can accomplish its goals
— smacking down Japan, demonstrating its military superiority in the region, and establishing full control over the symbolic islands — with a surgical invasion. In other words, by sending troops onto the islands and planting the flag. The Chinese professional suggested that this limited strike could be effected without provoking a broader conflict. How China-Japan Conflict Could Lead To War - Business Insider

Posted by gerardvanderleun at January 23, 2014 5:23 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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China has a good claim based on geography. Those disputed islands are clearly on the edge of China's continental shelf, and if they can snag back those islands, it becomes easier to claim that the vast majority of the East China Sea is China's. Along with the fish and any seabed resources.

And now that China is getting strong, a nation of strivers, and Japan is having cultural ennui, and the United States is hollowing out it's military to pay all its useless layabouts to keep from rioting, it won't be long now.

And really, China is using classic Sun Tzu methods.

Posted by: John A. Fleming at January 23, 2014 1:11 AM

the world hasn't had a decent war since WWII. All we have now are these piddling dustups in malaria pits and halfgonastans.

Here's something that can scare the crap out of the liberals and give everyone a chance to learn a new language with out buying the Rosetta Stone package. all one has to do is live through it.

Imagine, all the limp willies will finally get to choose sides, or else.

Posted by: Peccable at January 23, 2014 1:55 AM

Flemming: "it won't be long now."

Well hurry up and get here damn it so we can get through it.

Posted by: Potsie at January 23, 2014 5:23 AM

When the troubles come let us hope that we do not have the narcissist-in-chief leading our military. Perhaps an alpha dog would be the best choice for our next leader. Just saying......

Posted by: tripletap at January 23, 2014 6:08 AM

If you let them take the first step and win, you will never stop them.

Chances that Obama knows, understands or believes this: 0%.

Posted by: Ray Van Dune at January 23, 2014 6:24 AM

I'm pretty sure Valerie Jarrett is okay with it.

Posted by: Terry Kirkpatrick at January 23, 2014 6:44 AM

Japan can't stop them, they don't have the military or the public support for a fight. American won't stop them, because President Obama has no will to fight and will appease and bow.

I suspect the only thing that restrains China is internal politics, infighting and power struggles.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at January 23, 2014 8:34 AM

The world can do without China. China no longer sees itself as being able to do without the world. A nation (if China is a nation) or an empire can embargo, but it cannot force you to take their product. Currently they are lending us the money to buy their product. This is exactly what the USA did in the 1920's, and we know what happened next.

There is a lot of room to bring China into better understandings, but the Western democratic decline has left it without statesmen capable of a worthy thought.

Posted by: james wilson at January 23, 2014 11:47 AM

Mr. Peccable you are still a master of tongue-in-cheek commentary, but as my son is on a CVN in the US Pacific Fleet,
I'll pitch my 2 cents. This is an Asian power play and the contenders here stand no risk of invasion. In consequence,
the US has no strategic or economic reason to join in a squabble for Pacific pebbles. Surely we have enough troubles already.

Posted by: Thursday Anon at January 23, 2014 6:28 PM

Regardless of whose claims are the strongest, or whose military is or isn't ready to fight, the thought that an overt attempt at seizing what another country deems its own property can be "managed" is the sort of thinking that fills graveyards. And that's before we even start talking about unforeseen consequences.

Posted by: waltj at January 23, 2014 7:45 PM

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