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Why Feel Gratitude for Unwanted U.S. Military?

Date Posted: 2001-02-02

In reply to last week’s “Anti-Military Feud About Hate & Discrimination” letter.

I found your article to be painfully arrogant. I never asked for the U.S. military to be in Okinawa, I don't think the military is in Okinawato protect its people (the military after all, is founded on the principle of protecting U.S. citizens, and this will always prevail over protecting Okinawan citizens), and I wish the military, which is an institution that specializes in killing people based on national/racial belonging, would leave. Sorry, you cannot use the "anti-American" victimization routine to rationalize the opposition of the military in Okinawa - which is an opposition to structures of structural violence and not American-racism – because I am an American as well as being an Okinawan. To say that Okinawans should be grateful, because you have to sacrifice your husband leaving you and your children is very arrogant, because I never asked for you to make such a sacrifice to begin with. Please, do not make any more sacrifices, please spend more time with your husband and children. Okinawa has a long history of opposing the military, which is forced upon it by mainland Japan and the U.S. government. Since you obviously do not have the language capability of accessing these arguments, please do not feel positioned to say, "but you asked for it, so shut up when we give it to you".

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