Monday, May 24, 2010

USA/USE Out of Okinawa!

Today is Monday, 24 May 2010.

As I’ve pointed out so many times in my life that I’m inclined to barf: many politicians who are socially and economically liberal on domestic issues are reactionary imperialists when their minds cross the border.

A case in point is Obama and the continued USA/USE occupation of part of Okinawa, nearly 65 years after the conclusion of the Great USA/USE-Japanese Empire War of 1853 to 1945.

“There he goes again”, some will think.

Please recall that the USA/USE opened hostilities against Japan in 1853, when an aggressor colonialist fleet commanded by Commodore Matthew Perry bombarded Edo (Tokyo) Harbor. The Japanese government was forced to surrender, and sign a humiliating treaty, allowing American business to enter their markets. (By way of comparison, imagine if the Iranian navy lobbed missiles into New York Harbor, until the USA/USE government agreed to lift the ban on importing Iranian pistachios, etc.)

This led to a century of competition between the two empires, both of whom regarded the Pacific as “their lake”, and all its inhabitants their subjects. The eventual Japanese reply came on 7 December 1941 at Pearl Harbor.

As part of the spoils of war, the USA/USE has occupied part of Okinawa since 1945 for use as a military base.

So much for the racist right-wingers who portray Obama as a lily-livered, appeasing weakling.

On this date in 1626, Dutch imperialist Peter Minuit paid Native Americans 60 guilders in trade goods for rent for the land the Dutch had occupied on Manhattan Island. (Native American society rejected the concept of private ownership and sale of land.) Minuit, having greater firepower, reneged on the deal and pretended he’d bought the island for a pittance. Up yours, Pete!

On this date in 1798, Ireland rebelled against the genocidal British occupiers.

On this date in 1993, the Brooklyn Bridge opens to traffic. Hip hip!

On this date in 1921, the rigged show trial of Sacco and Vanzetti begins.


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