If the Camel Once Gets His Nose in the Tent His Body Will Soon Follow

February 5, 2017

There is an old saying from the Middle East. “If the camel once gets his nose in the tent, his body will soon follow.”

The U.S. Department of the Navy first set up shop in Japan after the signing of the Instrument of Surrender on September 2, 1945.

On February 2, 2017, U.S. State Department representatives met with the Governor of Okinawa, Japan and informed him of the terms he would be required to accept as part of the island's future. U.S. bases would stay and instead of withdrawal, residents would have to settle for a 20% reduction of U.S. land use.

The U.S. State Department website reported on the event and used the occasion to reiterate the U.S. government's decades-old refrain about its “responsibility to protect.”

However, after more than 7 decades of U.S. “protection,” the local and nationwide opposition to U.S. forward deployment strategy in Asia has only evolved and grown. For example, last year saw two of the largest demonstrations since the 1990s, calling for the closure of the U.S. bases, the scrapping of the supporting treaties, and denouncing the imperialist system as the source of the grave dangers facing the peoples. Both amassed crowds of over 50,000 people each time.

The power and prerogative of U.S. imperialism, and in particular, its power to dictate to the people of Japan and Okinawa comes from its strategy of relying on military superiority and forward deployment of troops in order to militarize every situation according to the interests of the U.S. monopoly capitalist class.

It is much harder to get the body of the camel out of the tent than it is to prevent him from entering in the first place. However it can easily be done once the people retake the initiative into their own hands.