Patrick J. Buchanan: Will we go to war over Japanese islands?
And so it has come to pass. The United States, because of this 53-year-old treaty, is today in the middle of a quarrel between Japan and China over these very rocks in the East China Sea.
Yet why should this be America's quarrel?
What we have here, then, are three overlapping air defense identification zones — of China, Japan and South Korea — and three territorial disputes — between China and Japan, China and South Korea, and Japan and South Korea. And all three nations claim the right to fly warplanes into these zones, and to deny access to foreign warplanes.
Any collision between North and South could instantly involve the United States, which, 60 years after the end of the Korean War, still has 28,500 troops on the peninsula, with thousands right up on the Demilitarized Zone.
Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of "Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025?"
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