This tread has gotten well away from icebreakers visiting some far off place that 99 and 44 one hundreths of sailors probably could not identify.
However, The Japanese constitution rests upon the willingness of the US to respond to our defense commitment to Japan
. This willingness has become questioned in Japan
and there are moves afoot in Japan to amend this document much the way as the US Constitution has been amended to keep up with the realities of life. When the Japanese become convinced of their need for their own self protection, they will do what all rational people do and prepare for their own defense. This will include a military presence in the South China
Sea and the Straits of Molucca. These waterways are the jugular of Japanese national existance. When or if the US is unwilling or unable to guarentee the right of passage
in these waters, the Japanese will do it for themselves.
Frankly, as a military officer and taxpayer, I believe that Japan should be doing more heavy lifting in these areas. If they did, the snooty nations that border these areas would become much more congenial in helping the US with this burden. It's too easy to blame the guy in the middle that tries to help everybody. The position of Indonesia
seems to be, we can't do a damned thing about threats to the Strait of Molucca, but we don't want anybody else to solve their problems in this area.
I'll try to sit on my hands and make this my last comment. I respect the New Zealanders right to determine who visits their ports
and the conditions under which those provilages are exercised. I do take exception to being called a bully for putting the Z's in a position whereby they have to enforce their stated policies. I have the right to determine how any guest visits my property. If you cannot comply with MY rules, you are not a bully if you do not visit or leave when asked.