Now is not the time to panic. There's no way that any sane person would think we're heading for a war in these parts. Why, the United States, headed by a Nobel Peace Prize winner only wants peace, right? That's why they sent a nuclear-capable B-52 flying over South Korea the other day, just to pass on a friendly peace-loving message to North Korea. It's not the peace-loving US's fault if the Pyongyang posse interpreted that as an escalation. So when the Norks remind the US that all their bases are within range of Nork nukes, that's just unprovoked hostility? Right? You with me, soldier?
And the Norks are hacking South Korea. Even though the South Koreans say the attacks came from China, we know better. It must have been the Norks. American war planners never, ever bait and switch, right?
And so when the world's only peace-loving, Asia-pivoting, laser-guided superpower joins with the pacifist, not at all imperialist-denying Japan to draw up plans to retake rocks in the ocean (that haven't been taken), this is also a supreme act of peace that cannot be interpreted as speeding up the drumbeat to war.
I'm sure I'm wrong, just jumping to faulty conclusions, armed as I am with only faulty, one-sided intel. But that's all I've got. That, and a horrible sense of déjà vu that comes over the amateur student of history every fin de siècle. I hope I'm wrong. I probably am, French was never my strong point. But I'm not certain enough not to start sitting up and taking notice. So, until my spider senses stop tingling, I'll be keeping a list of war drum links just to help the future me see clearly where it all went wrong.
War? That's unthinkable! That's what smart folk said in 1813. And 1913. And 2013.
China 'extremely concerned' about US-Japan island talk
North Korea threatens US Pacific bases over B-52 flights
Troubling Japanese denial of war crimes - Los Angeles Times
South Korea traces cyber-attacks to Chinese IP address