December 03, 2013


Why a Pacific War is Possible

Michael Crowley: "From the long-distance perspective of an American, Asia looks like one of the world's most peaceful places. And it is -- for the moment. But when Vice President Joe Biden arrived in Tokyo on Monday, he stepped into what has suddenly become a dangerous diplomatic crisis between China and Japan. On the surface, it's a dull dispute over a string of uninhabited Pacific islands. Underneath, as I realized on a recent visit to China, it's a story reaching back some 75 years that involves war, brutality, rape and historical reckoning. And now threatens to drag in the U.S."










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