Dignity above all!

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Dignity above all!
  • Thank you Jim Dean for this timely story.....we need to reorient our values!

27.06.2016 Author: Jim Dean

Okinawans Rebel Against the US and TokyoColumn: PoliticsRegion: Eastern AsiaCountry: Japan

Any man in combat who lacks comrades who will die for him, or for whom he is willing to die, is not a man at all. He is truly damned.” – William Manchester, in Goobye Darkness

The game has changed in Okinawa. The usual apologies for the latest gruesome crime, with promises to see that such things never happen again, has been thrown back in the faces of Washington and Tokyo. “Killers go Home” read one sign as 50,000 islanders protested at all the US bases.

The 26,000 US troops there, with estimates of 80,000 civilians, are now personae non grata. Okinawans want neither their protection nor money despite its having been a huge engine for the local economy. This is the reverse of the old saying “Put your money where your mouth is.” These people are ready to take the economic hit for a very important reason… their dignity.