Essay: reaction to the book "Blowback," by Chalmers Johnson, dealing with U.S. operations in Okinawa,Japan as being inappropriate.

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In the book Blowback Chalmers Johnson discusses the way in which the United States has created an empire in which some of its actions could have serious repercussions. "In a sense blowback is simply another way of saying a nation reaps what it sows" (Johnson 17). Blowback is a term originally created by the CIA which is used to refer to incidences which occur as consequences to operations that are secret from the American people. In the book Johnson describes the relationship between the U.S. and some other countries as completely unnecessary. In this paper I will examine the U.S.'s occupation of Okinawa, Japan, and its possible affects on unaware Americans.

The description of Okinawa is a real and gruesome account of how the U.S. military seeks to hold onto its power and control in foreign diplomacy. The situation in Okinawa was created just after World War II. From the period of 1945 to 1972, the Japanese southern island of Okinawa was occupied and governed completely as a U.S.

military preserve. In 1952 the Japanese gave this right to the Americans in a treaty dealing which led to the end of American occupation of Japan's main islands. The occupation of Japan's U.S. military bases were an absolutely critical part in America's fight against communism in Vietnam and Korea. However, the U.S. never asked if they could conduct war from there, they merely did it. Since this time Americans have still inhabited much of Okinawa and in large part have remained there without major reason. The threat of political instability as an excuse has been used too long since Japan has thrived as a nation since WWII.

It is not only that Americans take up the land there or have stayed without a large reason. It is the treatment...