12 Responses to “Inconsistent Foreign Policy May Drag U.S. Into Another War”

  1. YU-LIEN YEN says:


    Thank you for job well done.
    I do admire your tireless efforts over that many years.

    This article does provide a simple, straight, clear,
    and powerful message to all the Americans and people in the world.

    I’d suggest the Young at Heart to:

    1. Spread your article to their friends.
    2. Start a fund raising for advertisement
    money to post your article in the three major, or more, newspapers
    for the safeguard of peace and prosperity for all American, Chinese, Japanese
    and their future generations.

    I think that is something, as minimal, meaningful for us to do.
    Please comment before I bring my proposal to y@h.


    Y.L. Yen

  2. Linda Kravetz says:


    I’ve been following this issue; the Philippines is in the midst of a similar problem over an island which Japan claims belong to them.
    I suggest when you next write an opinion on this subject to submit it to the media as a letter to the editor rather than as an essay. See what happens.
    You do excellent research and write cogently. Keep going.

  3. YU-LIEN YEN says:


    I agree with Linda’s comment.
    This is nice article. If you can add two more sections, that will be great:


    It is stupid to fight for a sole winner as politicians claim or
    try to stir-up for personal gain. Wise statesmen will negotiate
    to reach mutual beneficial.

    Chinese leaders has said many times openly
    of joint development instead of argue and fight.
    This is not only applies to Japan but also to other
    countries around the South China Sea.

    That is what Deng’s saying of “wait for the wiser
    next generations to solve the problem”. But,
    we always need at least two palms to form cheerful claps and applause.

    One side’s aggression will only face fierce response.
    Unfortunately, that is essentially what is happening.

    Yu-Lien Yen

  4. Don says:


    Thanks for your comments.

    I know about letters to the editor. But their size limit is much smaller. For example, for the NYT, the size limit for letter to the editor is 150 words, but the size limit for Op-Ed articles is 750 words.

    We already know of several other people who have written letters to the editor of the NYT (as well as other newspapers) on the Diaoyu Islands issue, but as far as I know, none has been published.

    The only article that has been published that is not based on half truths, lies, and biased analysis is the article that was recently published in the San Jose Mercury News. See:

    The people behind that article have good connections with the San Jose Mercury News.


  5. william says:

    If as described then the islands belong to Taiwan and not China since these are 2 distinct international identities. You cannot say it beolngs to Taiwan and therefore to China because by extension then everything in the world belonging to Taiwan therefore belongs to China.
    My own opinion?? All these stems from greed. Why should clearly isolated islands anywhere belong to anybody?? What is to say if the 200 mile limit (or whatever)is say disputed as unreasonable later on and then changed to 50miles … (or maybe extended to 300 miles)… what then… What about isolated rock peaks thrown up by earth movements… falling within 200 miles of Chgina?japan /Korea etc…
    Nothing more than greed of man to claim ownership of something natural. The whole purpose of limit is to ensure no dispute…. not enchance dispute… esp after wars (also greed of man??)…

  6. David Chai says:

    Hi Don,
    Well written, as usual.
    Have you thought of submitting your article to a secondary or even tertiary newspaper, such as the Newark Star-Ledger and Asbury Park Press. As a resident of Monmouth County, you would have better access to Asbury Park Press, and as a resident of New Jersey, you may be more successful than to a national newspaper. Just like Mr. Ding’s paper being published on the San Jose Mercury, he may not even have the insider’s connection to the San Francisco Chronicle! But, a published paper on the Mercury can still sway many opinions.


  7. Don says:


    Thanks for your comments.

    Yes, I am working on trying other methods to get more and fairer coverage of this issue in the press.


  8. Don says:


    Yes, Taiwan is a part of China. Again, if it weren’t for the U.S.’s interference more than 60 years ago, there is no question that Taiwan would be part of China now. If the Diaoyu Islands are part of Taiwan, then they are part of China.

    Let’s don’t use hypothetical philosophical arguments of your own creation to determine the sovereignty of the Diaoyu Islands. The conclusions in my article are based on current international laws governing the sovereignty of territory. Furthermore, if you want to use some other set of laws, then you should apply that set of laws universally, and not just to the Diaoyu Islands.


  9. Richard Farng says:

    May we, the Chinese in US and SE asia” should start to boycott ALL Japanese products till Japan economy collapse or till Janpan gives up the Island.

    I think these peaceful economic approach is better than military . I already doing this

  10. Rich Braverman says:


    I agree with your conclusions and support a boycott of Japanese products on this issue as well as the Nanking massacre.

    I believe that China has military superiority over Japan. I doubt that Obama would join in a war between China and Japan. If Romney gets in it is an unknown.

    I also hope that the brutal dictatorship in China is overthrown.


  11. Don says:


    Thanks for the information. But I don’t think they are related to us.


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