This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Essay: Reaction To The Book "Blowback," By Chalmers Johnson, Dealing With U.S. Operations In Okinawa,Japan As Being Inappropriate.

1170 words - 5 pages

In the book Blowback Chalmers Johnson discusses the way in which the United States has created an empire in which some of its actions could have serious repercussions. "In a sense blowback is simply another way of saying a nation reaps what it sows" (Johnson 17). Blowback is a term originally created by the CIA which is used to refer to incidences which occur as consequences to operations that are secret from the American people. In the book Johnson describes the relationship between the U.S. and some other countries as completely unnecessary. In this paper I will examine the U.S.'s occupation of Okinawa, Japan, and its possible affects on unaware Americans.The description of Okinawa is a real and gruesome account of how the U.S. military seeks to hold onto its power and control in foreign diplomacy. The situation in Okinawa was created just after World War II. From the period of 1945 to 1972, the Japanese southern island of Okinawa was occupied and governed completely as a U.S. military preserve. In 1952 the Japanese gave this right to the Americans in a treaty dealing which led to the end of American occupation of Japan's main islands. The occupation of Japan's U.S. military bases were an absolutely critical part in America's fight against communism in Vietnam and Korea. However, the U.S. never asked if they could conduct war from there, they merely did it. Since this time Americans have still inhabited much of Okinawa and in large part have remained there without major reason. The threat of political instability as an excuse has been used too long since Japan has thrived as a nation since WWII.It is not only that Americans take up the land there or have stayed without a large reason. It is the treatment of the Okinawan people that causes so much resentment. American bases have turned the areas around them into towns with filled with bars, strip clubs, dark alleys and prostitutes. It is not as if these soldiers are without amenities. The U.S. bases there are equipped with swimming pools, theaters, tennis courts, living estates, and golf courses. In 1995 three soldiers based there were charged and accused with the beating and rape of a twelve year old Okinawan girl. In response to this incident the commander of the armed forces in the Pacific, Admiral Richard C. Macke, stated "I think that [the rape] was absolutely stupid. For the price they paid to rent the car, they could have had a girl" (Johnson, 35). For a reaction to something so gruesome the comment seemed more chastising than remorseful of the situation. Yet then secretary of defense William Perry told the Japanese people, "The bases are here more for your good than ours...without the troops, Japan would be vulnerable" (Johnson, 40). There were 4,176 crimes that U.S. servicemen were implicated in between 1972 and 1995. There us also an issue of traffic accidents on the island. In cases where a Japanese person is killed it is custom for the other person to provide some sort of solatium,...

Find Another Essay On Essay: reaction to the book "Blowback," by Chalmers Johnson, dealing with U.S. operations in Okinawa,Japan as being inappropriate.

Response to the prompt "What is a man as described by Ernest Gaines in his book 'A Gathering of Old Men'". Includes quotes with page numbers

553 words - 2 pages A Gathering of Men and BoysWhat is a man? Webster's first definition is: "an individual human being; esp. an adult male human," Not helpful. Perhaps the third part of that definition: "One possessing in a high degree the qualities considered distinctive of manhood." Ernest J. Gaines' comes up with the definition of a man in his novel, A Gathering of Old Men. In the book a porch in rural Louisiana becomes filled with old black men who all claim

Dealing with Transformation in The Metamorphosis

1287 words - 5 pages Dealing with Transformation in The Metamorphosis In The Metamorphosis Gregor Samsa is forced to deal with his transformation from a human being into an insect. After his transformation Gregor is no longer able to do everyday ordinary things. He now has to depend on someone to do these things for him. His younger sister, Grete, makes herself responsible for Gregor. She takes it upon herself to make sure that Gregor is fed and

Text Messaging as a Tool in Dealing with Roommate Conflicts

1389 words - 6 pages Roommate conflict can be described as incompatible differences between two or more unrelated people sharing a living space where the needs of each are either met or obstructed by the other (Knapp, Putnam & Davis, 1988). Roommate conflicts can be dealt with in many ways depending on the issue and the closeness of the relationship of the individuals. Some of these ways are through face-to-face communication and text messaging. The use of cell

Dealing with Loss in Killing the Bear

736 words - 3 pages  Dealing with Loss in Killing the Bear      Often things that we experience as children have lasting affects on us that creep up when we least expect them. In Judith Minty's story "Killing the Bear", a woman finds herself in just such a situation. She finally deals with something that happened to her as a young child that she probably never even realized was bothering her. In this story the central character

David Williamson. Essay dealing with themes/ideas in Williamson's "The Club" and "The Removalists"

1898 words - 8 pages stripper, which forced him to resign, 'With closed fists too, you mongrel. Don't expect me to be sorry for you.' However Jock's attitude in this case is highly hypocritical as he has admittedly bashed his own wife. Society's attitude towards such violence against women is similarly hypocritical. Although most men claim they would never hit a woman and are disgusted at those who do, the rate of domestic violence shows that not enough is being done

Dealing with Social Ostracism in ‘The Doll’s House' by Katherine Mansfield

1454 words - 6 pages Anyone who lived through high school gym class knows the desperation of being picked last for the sports team. The same hurt feelings bubble up when you are excluded from lunch with co-workers, fail to land the job interviewed for or are dumped by a romantic partner. Within a society, social classes are unavoidable. In the short story ‘The Doll’s House’, the author, Katherine Mansfield examines the difficulties dealing with class-consciousness

Agree or Disagree: Both President Kennedy and President Johnson were more successful in dealing with domestic affairs than foreign affairs

2937 words - 12 pages Both President Kennedy and President Johnson were more successful in dealing with domestic affairs than foreign affairs. Kennedy focused on domestic policies such as Economic Policies and Civil Rights, while Johnson focused on domestic affairs such as the War on Poverty, Education and Health and Civil Rights.In President Kennedy's foreign policy, Kennedy had a new philosophy. He first tried to move away from Secretary of State, John Dulles's

To What Extent Was the U.S.'s Involvement in the War between Japan and China which Caused Japan to Attack Pearl Harbor

1610 words - 7 pages and 1941, the conflict between China and Japan started to escalate rapidly which caused the U.S. to change relations with both nations which contributed to the United State leaning forward to the idea to initiate a full out war with Japan and Germany. (History.com) (3) U.S. senators observed the growing developments in China as a chance to make a move to gain benefits for themselves. The U.S. treated the Japanese with a

Romanticism as a Reaction to the Enlightenment

934 words - 4 pages Romanticism as a Reaction to the Enlightenment The epoch known as the Age of Reason, or the Enlightenment, was a secular intellectual movement that looked to reason as an explanation of the world. The Enlightenment began in 1687 with the publishing of Sir Isaac Newton’s Principia and ended in 1789 with the French Revolution (Fiero 134). The epoch of Romanticism was a reaction to the rationalism of the Enlightenment. The movement of Romanticism

Chuck Palahniuk: The Literary Art of Being Inappropriate

1635 words - 7 pages Chuck Palahniuk, born 1962 into a seemingly functional lifestyle, has made a name in the literary world over the last decade by magnifying the many facets of the human habits of dysfunction. After his first published novel, Fight Club, made waves in 1999, Palahniuk went on to take the fiction world by storm with novels such as Diary, Lullaby, Invisible Monsters, and several others, solidifying a reputation “as a skilled writer who continues to

U.S. vs. Japan in WWII

890 words - 4 pages On August 6, 1945 the atomic bomb was dropped on theJapanese city of Hiroshima. The Enola Gay, piloted byColonel Tibbetts, was chosen to make the mission. Themission was recorded as successful by Capt. William S.Parson at 9:20 A.M. This was an extremely controversialmilitary strategy in the United States. Was the UnitedStates justified in the dropping of the atomic bomb? Yes,they were justified formany reasons. The primary reason was,that it

Similar Essays

Arguments Given By David Chalmers For Rejecting A Materialistic Account Of Consciousness In His Book

5853 words - 23 pages seriously." I will begin by explaining the important concepts in the dualist-materialist-eliminativist debate such as consciousness; logical, metaphysical, and natural supervenience; and zombies. Next, I will explicate what I take to be Chalmers' main argument for property dualism. I will then explain where a materialist could object to Chalmers' argument, and how Chalmers tries to rule out such a response. Finally, I will conclude with

Reaction To Who Moved My Cheese By Spencer Johnson

1206 words - 5 pages the value in this book and agree with Johnson on many of the issues it addresses, some ideas Johnson presents could prove fatal to the worldwide audience captivated by them. Almost every human being, if asked the question "What makes you happy?" would respond in words such as success, money, comfort and true love. Johnson utilizes this anticipated response in his book by cleverly summarizing every possible answer into one word. Throughout the

Sex Education In The U.S. And Japan

1464 words - 6 pages provided in the U.S and Japan, comprehensive sex education is the most effective one. This paper focuses on the sex educations in the U.S and Japan and describes their features and effectiveness. Abstinence-only sex education is one kind of sex education in the U.S. It is a program which aims to keep adolescents from becoming pregnant by emphasizing the importance of abstaining until they get married. According to the Henry J. Kaiser Family

Japan Vs. U.S. In The Busines Market

535 words - 2 pages profit and less on the treatment of employees, which creates less employee loyalty to the company. Also, because of being more profit oriented, they will take the quick and easier way out to come out on top, even if that means laying off a large amount of employees. This happened recently with airline companies to stay out of bankruptcy after 9/11. Japanese companies are different in this aspect as well as many others and the U.S. is working on