Dear The Wall Street Journal Editorial Board,

I read with interest your recent assertion that “China has its eyes on Japanese islands.”

Although under the terms of surrender signed by Japan at the end of World War II these islands in fact belong to China

Reflecting the long and terrible suffering of the Chinese people in that conflict, the Cairo Declaration pledged to put unrelenting military pressure on Japan until it agreed to unconditional surrender.

It insisted that Japan be stripped of all the islands it had seized or occupied in the Pacific Ocean since the beginning of World War I in 1914. And it made it very clear that all the territories Japan had seized from China in nearly half a decade of aggression since 1895 should be restored to China.

When Japan surrendered to the Allied powers on September 2, 1945, it specifically accepted the terms of the Potsdam Proclamation of July 26, 1945, which incorporated by reference the terms of the Cairo Declaration. Under the terms of the Cairo Declaration and the Potsdam Proclamation, sovereignty of the Diaoyu Islands was returned to China.

…it’s good of you to deed them over to Japan arbitrarily for the sake of explaining why the United States must go to war with Russia forthwith (hint: to prevent China from taking Chinese islands).

I’m sure this decisive editorial position will strengthen our partnership with unarmed Japan against the world’s second-largest economy and the largest active-strength military on the planet. This will help unify unlikely allies Russia and China against us in the World War III you are desperately hoping for.

“Mr. Obama and the West must act, rather than merely threaten, because it’s clear Mr. Putin believes the American President’s words can’t be taken seriously.”

 
I also salute your determination to lay blame for the events of the past week — and indeed all the ills of the world — solely upon President Obama.

Mr. Putin has defied the civilized world on Syria and Mr. Obama rewarded him by making Russia a partner in phony peace talks. Mr. Putin gave NSA leaker Edward Snowden asylum over U.S. objections, and he got away with that too.

In the brutal world of global power politics, Ukraine is in particular a casualty of Mr. Obama’s failure to enforce his “red line” on Syria. When the leader of the world’s only superpower issues a military ultimatum and then blinks, others notice. Adversaries and allies in Asia and the Middle East will be watching President Obama’s response now. China has its eyes on Japanese islands. Iran is counting on U.S. weakness in nuclear talks.

 
The Russo-Sino-Persian Axis forces you’re co-associating were certainly not doing any of these things under the George W. Bush Administration. Well, except for I guess starting the Iranian nuclear program, re-asserting sovereignty over the East Asian islands in question, and going to war with Georgia. I hope while you’re retroactively awarding islands back to Japan, you retroactively put President Obama in office starting in 2002, to make sure all those things are definitely his fault.

Oh, but I see you also cleverly worded a sentence to imply his presidency began earlier than it did:

After the 2008 invasion of Georgia, President Obama pretended the problem was Dick Cheney and tried to “reset” relations with Moscow.

 
God Bless the Retconned States of America.

Bill Humphrey

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