On the Backgrounds of the Pacific War
Year Published: 1967
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX8824
This essay touches on several questions: on Muste's revolutionary pacifism and his interpretation of it in connection with the Second World War; on the backgrounds of Japan's imperial ventures; on the Western reaction and responsibility; and, by implication, on the relevance of these matters to the problems of contemporary imperialism in Asia. WHile Chomsky does not advocate a particular "political line", he does assert that it was the lack of radical political critique which, though not exclusively, contributed to the atrocity of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.