On Protests on the Other Side of the World…

Nob Akimoto

Nob Akimoto

Nob Akimoto is a policy analyst and part-time dungeon master. When not talking endlessly about matters of public policy, he is a dungeon master on the NWN World of Avlis

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11 Responses

  1. Avatar Rufus F. says:

    I don’t know- my feeling is this should probably be mainpage instead of “Off the Cuff.”Report

  2. Avatar James Hanley says:

    The U.S. has demonstrated that nuclear weapons can obliterate an island. I say we do so again, and then there’ll be nothing left for folks to argue over.Report

    • Nob Akimoto Nob Akimoto says:

      I’m sure you’re kidding here but…

      Is it really worth 1. possibly a nuclear retaliation from a jumpy China, 2. making a complete dead letter of both the Limited Test-Ban Treaty and the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty and 3.the complete, and utter insanity of a PR nightmare that would arise from using nuclear weapons on what’s at least notionally considered Japanese soil?Report

  3. Avatar Kimmi says:

    Thx for the perspective. Stateside, all I noticed was:
    “Japan buys islands from private guy”
    “Riots break out in China” (probably gov’t run).

    😉Report

  4. Avatar Kolohe says:

    It’s not too much (at all?) different from the Innocence of Muslims protests in that the proximate cause is masking a lot of root cause.

    Just to note, everyone on all sides plays the ‘fisherman flotilla’ game; the Kurils are a common enough flashpoint, and I’m sure your aware of the latest iteration of the Spratly’s dispute, this time with PI and ChinaReport

    • Nob Akimoto Nob Akimoto says:

      I don’t think it’s at all different, and in both cases the state effectively uses some outside target as a convenient release valve. The question is how good is the state in question at using those release valves?

      The Spartly’s dispute was what I had in mind with the crowd-sourcing example, actually. The Kurils, I will admit is a blindspot on my recognition meter.Report

  5. Avatar Remo says:

    Thats a interesting point.

    Poit the dissidents from your regime to someone outside your regime, show them that all their problems are the fault of some ‘external power’. Then finance them so you manage to get your objectives.

    I wonder what other countries have used that kind of smokescreen sucessfully for 20 years or so…Report