The Japanese have US military bases on their soil in Okinawa to this day. The Japanese are rich and see no need to get rid of these bases even though the japanese are more than capable of defending themselves. The Japanese also made american GI rapists from Okinawa see the inside of a Japanese jail.
To ask the obvious, what makes us different from the Japanese? why can't we deal or at least pretend to deal with the US on equal terms? Are we just a nation destined to be pathetic and servile?
Then we have the US military. They are aggressive and for them it's a matter of exploiting real and perceived weaknesses. Must be like a walk in the park to commit atrocities and get away with them in a passive, corrupt country like the Philippines.
It's when we deal with other countries and compare ourselves with other countries that all of the Philippines' defects come to the foreground — a corrupt system, ball-gagging poverty, a damaged culture still dependent on the US…..damn you Fallows.
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