July 10, 2006

NOW YOU'RE TALKIN':

Japan mulls preemptive stike on N Korea missile bases (Associated Press, July 10, 2006)

Japan is considering whether a preemptive strike on North Korean missile bases would be an acceptable form of self-defence under the pacifist Japanese constitution, the government spokesman said on Monday.

"If we accept that there is no other option to prevent an attack ... there is the view that attacking the launch base of the guided missiles is within the constitutional right of self-defence.

We need to deepen discussion," Chief Cabinet Secretary Shinzo Abe said. Abe added that the ruling party might take up the matter internally.


Pre-emptive strikes on the rogue states that have nuclear programs would be the best form of non-proliferation.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 10, 2006 7:25 AM
Comments

I dunno. They tried a preemtive strike in 1941, too.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at July 10, 2006 9:38 AM

The one in '45 worked.

Posted by: oj at July 10, 2006 9:43 AM

But....but...Time magazine just declared "Cowboy Diplomacy" dead?

Posted by: John Resnick at July 10, 2006 9:48 AM

Well, how about 'samurai' diplomacy?

Posted by: ratbert at July 10, 2006 10:33 AM

Abe is the rightmost of the leading candidates for the next PM race in Japan; making the public debate about national security is smart politics for him.

Posted by: Mike Earl at July 10, 2006 10:46 AM

The best form of non-proliferation...probably. It would also create a destructive political firestorm.

Posted by: Dave W at July 10, 2006 12:09 PM

Testing out their new stuff so the Chicoms can see?

Posted by: Sandy P at July 10, 2006 2:17 PM

Ratbert, wouldn't it be Ninja Diplomacy(you know, assassins)?

Posted by: KRS at July 10, 2006 6:44 PM
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