Sunday, December 03, 2006

Unintended Consequences: America and Japan

When Commodore Matthew Perry forced Japan to join the modern world in 1854, I doubt he expected they would grow strong enough to attack America 87 years later...but they did.

And when America's WWII military leaders encouraged the Soviets to help us finish off the now-modern Japan in 1945, I doubt they realized it would lead to America having to deal with a nuclear-armed North Korea 60 years later...but it did.

What future problems will arise from America's current struggle to turn Iraq into a "modern" country?

Guess we'll have to wait and see...


Blogger confusedforeigner said...

Maybe the Korean peninsula is just how the US wants it. No chance of a natural gas pipeline from Siberia to Japan under the status quo. High energy costs and the implied insecurity of supply, have kept Japan in check as an economic threat (to the US)since the 70s.

Or, am I being cynical?

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