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This post was edited by abramicus at 2012-10-9 15:17|
The problem with Neville Chamberlain was that he set the rules of engagement with Nazi Germany too laxly. For every aggressive move by Hitler, Chamberlain had an excuse to respond in such a way that Germany would not feel any pain at all, on the theory that not making Germany feel any hurt would make Germany less aggressive and more civilized. This mirrors what some Chinese officials have been advocating in regard to China's correct response to Japanese annexation of Diaoyu islands.
These are the current unspoken rules of engagement with Japan:
1. If Japan robs you of your clothes, offer him your shoes as well so that he might leave you alone for a while.
2. If Japan assaults and beats Chinese fishermen and activists on China's Diaoyu, mere release of the Chinese victims of Japanese bullying is enough reparations by Japan for its bad behavior.
3. If Japan does not openly challenge China's claim of sovereignty over Diaoyu, then China should not challenge Japan's claim of sovereignty over Diaoyu either -- this is called "shelving the dispute" -- even while the Japanese occupy Diaoyu and beat up any Chinese trying to land of his country's Diaoyu island.
These are the workable rules of engagement with Japan that will deter Japanese invasion of Diaoyu and its seas.
1. If Japan robs you of your clothes, demand his entire wardrobe in return, to let him know that evil begets worse evil.
2. If Japan beats Chinese citizens on Diaoyu island, these pirates should be beaten on the same spot and on the same day, and then sent back to China for sentencing, to let him know that pirates will get what they deserve quickly.
3. If Japan takes the life of a Chinese on Diaoyu island, China will demand the life of a Japanese on the Japanese mainland in return. Japan has to show resspect for the sanctity of China's sovereignty over Diaoyutai. Taking the life of a Chinese citizen on Chinese sovereign soil is a very serioius and grave matter. Japan better not do it or it will face an endless war.
Fear of Japanese retaliation should be answered with making the Japanese invaders of Diaoyu feel even greater fear for China's re-retaliation. Always match any raising of the stakes with even higher stakes. Thirty-five million innocent Chinese lives lost to Imperial Japan from 1931 to 1945 demand this generation sacrifice, as they had sacrificed for this generation -- it is a duty, and not a choice.