On the Backgrounds of the Pacific War

Chomsky, Noam
Publisher:  Liberation
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.

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