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30-Aug-13 World View -- China and Japan really DO hate each other

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30-Aug-13 World View -- China and Japan really DO hate each other

Echoing 1938, Britain gives a pass to Syria's Bashar al-Assad

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China and Japan really DO hate each other

Japan-China mutual attitudes, 2005-2013 (GenronNPO)
Japan-China mutual attitudes, 2005-2013 (GenronNPO)

A survey conducted for the last nine years shows that in the last year, the mutual public hatred between the Japanese and Chinese people has reached critical levels. In the latest survey, 90.1% of Japanese had unfavorable impressions about China, while 92.8% of Chinese had unfavorable impressions about Japan.

The report blames it on the dispute over the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands, but that doesn't take into account the centuries of hatred between the two people. The Chinese people have repeatedly made it clear that they're seeking revenge for Japan's genocidal actions prior to and during World War II, especially the 1937 Nanking (Nanjing) Massacre, and the use of Chinese "comfort women" by the Japanese soldiers during the war.

From the point of view of Generational Dynamics, the sharp increase in mutual contempt between the two populations since 2005, especially in the last year, is caused by the disappearance of the generations of survivors of World War II. For them, WW II was so horrible that they were traumatized for life, and have devoted their lives to make sure that nothing so horrible happens again. But now those survivors are almost gone, leaving behind younger generations growing up after the war, with no personal memories of the horrors of the last war between Japan and China. These younger generations have no personal memories of the horrors of the last war, and so they have no fear of the next war, and no clue what's going to happen to them. GenronNPO and China Daily and The Diplomat

Echoing 1938, Britain gives a pass to Syria's Bashar al-Assad

In a major political victory for Syria's psychopathic president Bashar al-Assad and his psychopathic arms supplier, Russian president Vladimir Putin, Britain's House of Commons on Thursday evening rejected any military action in response to al-Assad's repeated use of chemical weapons against his own citizens.

The vote is a major defeat for prime minister David Cameron, who said:

"I strongly believe in the need for a tough response to the use of chemical weapons, but I also believe in respecting the will of this House of Commons. It is very clear tonight that, while the House has not passed a motion, it is clear to me that the British parliament, reflecting the views of the British people, does not want to see British military action. I get that and the government will act accordingly."

The vote throws Cameron's own political future into doubt. During the debate, Cameron called attention to a contradiction in the arguments used against him. On the one hand, some asked why he was rushing into military action, when the chemical weapons attack occurred only last week, while others pointed out that there had been 14 previous (smaller) chemical weapons attacks, so why now? However, others said that after the experience of going to war in Iraq based on intelligence that turned out to be faulty, they were simply unwilling to support any military intervention under any circumstances.

The rejection is reminiscent of the free pass that Britain's prime minister Neville Chamberlain gave to Adolf Hitler for the Nazi invasion and annexation of the Sudetenland region of Czechoslovakia in 1938, announcing that Hitler promised "Peace in our time."

Far from preventing war, Chamberlain's free pass convinced Hitler that Britain was too weak to oppose his "Lebensraum" policy, and Britain and the Nazis were at war a year later.

In the current situation, Western weakness, combined with al-Assad's and Putin's aggressive Sunni extermination plans, have already tremendously inflamed the entire Mideast, as al-Qaeda linked jihadists from Pakistan to Nigeria to Dagestan have been traveling to Syria to fight al-Assad's Shia/Alawite forces, and also to Iraq, where the number of deaths from terrorist acts targeting Shias has been skyrocketing. The actions of these two psychopaths have caused the deaths of 100,000 Syrians, almost all civilians, as well as millions of refugees, over a million of which have flooded into neighboring countries. The vote in Britain can only make that situation worse.

Britain's rejection was apparently a surprise to everyone, including the White House. Caitlin Hayden, a spokesman for the White House and National Security Council said in a statement:

"As we've said, President Obama's decision-making will be guided by what is in the best interests of the United States. He believes that there are core interests at stake for the United States and that countries who violate international norms regarding chemical weapons need to be held accountable."

Some analysts believe that time is now working against President Obama, and if he is going to take some action, it will have to be this weekend, for two reasons. First, international will to take action is weakening with time. And second, Obama will be traveling to Russia next week for the G20 meeting.

President Obama has painted himself into a corner. He's repeatedly said that use of chemical weapons was a "red line," and that al-Assad had to "be held accountable." Britain's rejection is already a humiliation for Obama and the United States, and if al-Assad is permitted to get away with using chemical weapons to slaughter masses of his own civilians with no accountability, it will represent a major humiliation for the West, and will set the stage for a major war, just as surely as Chamberlain's "Peace in our time" message did in 1938. Unfortunately, sending a few missiles into Syria with no permanent effect on the war will have the same effect. CBS News and Atlantic Wire

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