Thursday, March 17, 2011

"Democracy in Action at its Finest"

So says a reader of Japan's nuclear disaster, elaborating:
    Watching this cataclysmic inferno, my thoughts are that Europe's monarchies and empires always had offices to which people could go and denounce corruption and those endangering the public safety. Following the news, it appears that several people - engineers in the US working on the reactor design, Japanese politicians and scientists - all knew it was a matter of time, said so, but couldn't get anything done.

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Blogger J.K. Baltzersen said...

Are we back to the starting point, sir? In a way at least?

The Land of the Rising Sun was more or less nuked into democracy. Considering this, we could even say that the Asia-Pacific War was Wilson's war on steroids.

Nuked into accepting the American/Allied terms of total surrender and then occupied. The Tenno was forced to denounce the traditional Japanese view of the Emperor, Americans wrote a constitution totally emasculating him, and "The Empire of Japan" was dropped as an official term.

Now democracy is dealing with nuclear power, and we have a nation that almost literally bows to it.

Nuclear fission and democracy are tightly connected in Japan.

Your thoughts, sir?

3:28 PM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

My thoughts? Your comments have done much to inform them, good sir, as have those of my reader, and another reader who wrote:

"On a side note, the situation in Japan has touched on many powerful themes. I'm not yet sure how to interpret them, but images of such massive destruction, as well as fears for nuclear facilities, are stirring memories of things we would collectively prefer to forget. The apparently inflated panic that fallout may be carried to the US is an interesting fear to analyse. As you know, I suspect the West has harboured hidden fears of Japanese 'fallout' for a long time."

There is much, much more than meets the eyes to the horrific events now unfolding in Japan.

To say that Japan was "more or less nuked into democracy," that "the Asia-Pacific War was Wilson's war on steroids," and that "democracy is dealing with nuclear power" are very profound insights and I thank you for them.

God help us.

8:59 PM  

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