ACCUMULATING PERIPHERALS


The Manchurian Quagmire by mattsteinglass
February 1, 2007, 10:57 pm
Filed under: China, Iraq, Japan, United States

This is from, of all things, an extremely right-wing Japanese history textbook, describing the 2nd Sino-Japanese War, which had begun in 1937 as an effort to prop up Japan’s failing colonial puppet state in Manchuria.

Caught in the Mire of a War with No Clear Objectives
In 1938, with no end of the war with China in sight, the Japanese Diet enacted the National General Mobilization Act to facilitate the mobilization of all national resources for the war effort. This law gave the government the right to appropriate resources and labor without the approval of the Diet. Moreover, freedom of speech was sharply curtailed and censorship became increasingly strict. The war was lasting longer than expected, and there was no end in sight. Peacemaking attempts were made, but they were disregarded in favor of the military’s hard-line policy that favored prolonging the hostilities. In 1940, Diet representative Saito Takao (Minseito) posed the following question to the Imperial Diet: “What is the objective of this war?” The government, however, was unable to offer a precise answer to his question.

You draw the parallels…

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