Voice from the Commonwealth
Commentary, World Views and Occasional Rants from a small 'l' libertarian in Massachussetts

"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest for freedom, go home and leave us in peace. We seek not your council nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." - Samuel Adams

Thursday, February 13, 2003

The Cowboy, Unilateralist, Simplistic(tm) Japanese are threatening to pre-empt an attack by North Korea. If it comes to that.

Japan would launch a military strike against North Korea if it had firm evidence that the Stalinist state was ready to attack with ballistic missiles, Japanese Defense Minister Shigeru Ishiba said Thursday.

"It is too late if (a missile) flies toward Japan," Ishiba told Reuters in an interview.

"Our nation will use military force as a self-defense measure if (North Korea) starts to resort to arms against Japan," he said, adding that Japan could regard the process of injecting fuel into a missile as the start of military attack if it determined that the missile was pointed at Japan.

Ishiba said that Japan would only attack North Korea as a clearly defensive measure. "We differentiate this from the concept of a 'pre-emptive strike'," he said.

Don't exactly know how that is different from pre-emption.

He also goes on the say that Japan should develop and deploy a missile defence.

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