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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Risk-taking Abe may not be what Japan, or Asia, needs right now

    Posted Nov 21st 2014, 01:21pm by Tom Plate

    ... to evolve without the colossal setback of war. These nagging worries explain why it is hard to root for Abe to win re-election. In East Asia these days, there is little reward in major risk-taking. ...

  2. Why China will avoid war (at least until 2008)

    Posted May 13th 2005, 12:00am by Tom Plate

    ... that true stability and prosperity were just an illusion. Would another war in Asia be just around the corner? Perhaps that looks less probable now. My own guess is that nothing serious ... the complicated staging with competence; there are no wars in the way at the time; the mainland has not invaded Taiwan; and relations with its neighbours are at least civilised, if not all warm and cosy. ...

  3. The many faces of terrorism

    Posted Jul 11th 2005, 12:00am by Tom Plate

    ... The British prime minister made yet another fiery anti-terrorism speech and the international media reported the tragic event as if it were a non-fiction version of the new Steven Spielberg movie War ... of the United States, Great Britain and the Soviet Union met in Potsdam, Germany, to discuss the conditions for the end of the second world war. One seminal decision was to carve out the terms ...

  4. A story about a little sin and greater sins

    Posted May 23rd 2005, 12:00am by Tom Plate

    ... in Newsweek's offices and around the world- precisely because of the oft-crude manner in which the Bush administration in Washington has been waging its 'war on terror'. This war has been, ... calling on the magazine to apologise to everyone and their mothers, must be viewed as something like an unindicted co-conspirator. Had this war- notably in the US treatment and interrogation ...

  5. Doomsday scenario of our own making

    Posted Jul 04th 2005, 12:00am by Tom Plate

    ... weapons in so many countries. As one of the chief architects of the Vietnam war, Mr McNamara in office was no more of a leftist than Reagan. But his regrets about that war and his unmistakable ... traction. The war in Iraq is obviously going badly, and the hawks and neoconservatives in Washington, if not exactly in retreat, seem not to be pounding their chests with such arrogance these days. ...

  6. The good Americans

    Posted Jan 06th 2005, 12:00am by Tom Plate

    ... obvious example is the government of the United States. Washington, so obsessed by the 'war on terror', was initially ridiculously slow off the mark but, once in gear, began impressing ... that inconspicuous profile immensely- and possibly permanently. For a nation held back by decades of the severest kind of civil war, the tsunami, as terrible as it was, could prove to have some sort ...

  7. America's loss could be China's gain

    Posted Aug 26th 2005, 12:00am by Tom Plate

    ... George W. Bush's decision to go to war more or less unilaterally. For his part, the outspoken Dr Mahathir argued that, while the invading US military would prevail, occupying a far-off ... of his party faithful are losing faith in his war stewardship. Washington will either have to increase troop strength on the ground dramatically or commence withdrawal next year, if the Bush ...

  8. Sorry history of a too conservative diplomacy

    Posted Mar 31st 2005, 12:00am by Tom Plate

    ... ever. It is irrefutable that Japan did extremely terrible things to its neighbours during the second world war and should always be contrite about this fact. Even so, if love is never having to say you're sorry, will Japan never get the love and respect that its mainly admirable post-war record of domestic pacifism and regional contributions deserve? Or is Japan always going ...

  9. Hard-pressed to find peace on Earth

    Posted Dec 28th 2004, 12:00am by Tom Plate

    ... in one devil of a house-to-house, urban guerilla war- the very kind of awful quagmire sagacious Americans had repeatedly chanted over the decades (remembering the profound pain of Vietnam) ... preoccupied with such a nasty war. And, in Asia, China isn't exactly singing hymns to peace these days, either. While the mainland is not exactly invading anyone, it is not exactly foreswearing ...

  10. The danger of negative thinking

    Posted Jun 22nd 2005, 12:00am by Tom Plate

    ... nemesis- the war-prone Donald Rumsfeld? Surely this delicious thought occurred to those of you who admired the former secretary of state's recent speech in Asia, which scoffed at the idea ... it was the right-wing, nationalistic losers of the Chinese civil war who did so in 1949. It was not the mainland that invaded Hong Kong: in a sense, it was colonial Britain that did so in the 1840s, ...




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