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There seems to be an awful lot of unrest worldwide. Most of it directed at the US but the Chinese have a long standing disagreement with Japan over a few uninhabited islands. Seems very strange that this would foment such protest but hey, who am I to understand the intricacies of international politics?
It's not the island(s) but the exclusive economic zone that international law dictates that they're after.
As far as unrest, angry people are angry. Only the reason changes. Today it might be Japan, tommorow it might be their own bosses, and next week it might be their own government. There isn't notably more of it, we're just better at reporting it than we used to be.
""angry people are angry". Huh? You make it seem like it's a condition, heritable or otherwise.
You're wrong. People will suffer from discontent, dissatisfaction, malaise, etc. as they strive to improve their lives/world/environment, but this has nothing to do with either that, anger at a stupid boss, or the coarse behavior of a corporate entity that screwed you.
The 75-year old "Rape of Nanking" may or may not be a factor in the nationalistic behavior you're seeing (China has a long history or stirring up fervent and crazy behavior in its people), but this territorial dispute means more than just the little islands (and the resources they contain). There are three claimants to the islands now (China, Taiwan, and Japan) and China wants to dominate Asia. (BTW - Japan also has "issues" with Korea because they treated them with similar disdain during the war).
The world gets smaller everyday. Resources get scarcer, and the stakes go up. This is not a "one off" thing. We now have more visibility with wider news coverage and the net, but it absolutely is increasing everywhere and is a harbinger of things to come (nutjobs in the mid east aside, where it has always been similar in act, if not scale, but Iran with a nuke will change that too).
I'm not a history expert so I can't vouch for the validity of this report (it's disturbing). Most of the people alive then are now gone, so I don't know how much importance it has today.
Edited on Sep 17, 2012 at 01:34 PM · View previous versions