Review by Scott Kardas, Yonsei Jounal of International Studies
"Kirk focuses on the comparison between the two islands rather than an explanation for the military bases. A concentrated approach keeps the book concise and direct. Even though Kirk did not widen the scope of examination, the book points to foreign powers’ interference in local matters as one of the main sources of the problem. Therefore, he maintains a succinct argument within the boundaries of his analysis. Kirk’s comparisons between Okinawa and Jeju are both original and relevant. The research depth and the style of using smaller situations to examine the bigger picture allow the reader to comprehend the situation easily and to form a personal connection. Furthermore, the resounding themes of connect and disconnect intertwined throughout each chapter present a cohesive story. This unique comparison is especially pertinent to the current global power shifts and political situation in East Asia."
Old Japanese hangar looms ominously across farmland at Alldreu Airfield, Japanese base built by forced Korean labor in the 1930s. The base was used by Japanese zeros taking off on Kamikaze missions.
Donald Kirk on the U.S. Military’s 21st Century in Asia From the Scene
OKINAWA, Japan – Ask just about any of the 18,000 or so U.S. marines on this battle-scarred island prefecture what they think of demands for shutting down the marine air station in the town of Ginowan on the west coast, and they say they know almost nothing about it. Nor are they aware of the daily headlines in Okinawa’s two daily papers, the Okinawa Times and Ryukyu Shimpo – the latter name a reminder of the legacy of the Ryukyu kingdom that succumbed to Japanese rule in 1879.
Storm over US bases on Okinawa
By Donald Kirk NAHA, Okinawa, Japan ― The future of American power in Asia revolves closely around U.S. forces on this island that is home to a full panoply of U.S. air and ground forces well south of the Japanese ``mainland.” Most people here would just as soon they go somewhere else.
Listening to speeches at the protest rally
At protest rally, Ginowan City, Okinawa
Protesters gather outside marines' Futenma base
Overlooking Futenma Marine Air Station, Ginowan
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I admire and appreciate your years of experiences being presented to us, in a way that's direct and yet, helps explain matters to a novice.
The fact that the North has distracted the world with it's ballistic missile program is frightening, because if they were to attack the US with a nuclear weapon, I don't believe that they'd bother with an ICBM, which we could easily destroy with an Aegis cruiser. No, instead, they're more likely to load a weapon into a shipping container and set a timer for two days after it arrives in Seattle.
By then, Kim & Co would have fled the country, and we'd end up killing a million innocents in Pyongyang.
The best way to prevent that from happening is to educate people about what's happening there. Thank you for your work to that end.