Why Okinawans Hate Americans
It might be surprising, with the plethora of information available these days, that a lot of people are uneducated on world events, the history of different cultures or even other languages. About a third of Americans don’t even read the news on a daily basis. Shocking right? I’m surprised you’re even reading this. Since we’re talking statistic, did you know that the average American reads less than one book a year? It’s no wonder why some people of other nations view Americans with such disdain. Don’t, believe me, read the news.
“One rotten apple spoils the bunch.”
For the other two-thirds of you, who will believe what I am saying as the truth, I’ll tell you that I’ve seen this attitude toward Americans first hand while serving in the military. Now first off, let me make myself clear – I love the United States and have complete respect for my brothers and sisters in arms. However, despite countless hours of cultural awareness training, there is always that one guy who gets the bright idea, while on liberty in another country, to become intoxicated beyond their limits and defecate on the hood of a taxi in broad daylight. True story – and that’s just a minor example of the stupid decisions made by the few stupid people, who make all of us look stupid. Nowhere, did this become more evident to me than in Okinawa, Japan.
Back-to-Back World War Champs!
Now for those of you who don’t know, you might be wondering what the United States military is doing in Okinawa, Japan. Well, if you paid any attention during history class in high school or read Wikipedia you
would know that Japan thought that they could be slick and attack the greatest nation in the world (‘Merica!) with a sneak attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on December 7, 1942. Long story Short, the U.S. in all of its might, dropped two atom bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan. The Japanese surrendered shortly after that, and the U.S. military established administrative authority. A bunch of treaties and agreements were signed within the years that followed, and now here we are.
Two, Three, Four…Ten Wrongs Don’t Make a Right!
Fast forward a little over six decades and you’ll find that a different conflict has been threatening to destabilize the relationship between the United States and Japan. For years the people of Okinawa, Japan have been calling for the removal of all U.S. bases and military presence from the island. Most recently, as reported by CNN was a case in which an American contractor suspected of killing a young woman, prompting a massive protest against the American presence. This case is just one instance among many others in recent months. Tensions between the locals and U.S. personnel have been escalating over several violent crimes linked to American personnel stationed there. Regardless of how one may feel about the history of the United States and Japan, it’s important to note that the war is over between them and us.