OKINAWA: The Agitators

For years U.S. citizens have looked with detachment, if not with distaste, on the efforts of colonial powers to suppress local agitations led by fanatic students demanding independence. Last week just such a situation faced the U.S. itself on blood-bought Okinawa, 330 miles south of Japan.

Though the U.S. has often boasted that it had no territorial ambitions in World War II, it has in fact kept Okinawa and the Southern Ryukyus and intends to, "so long as conditions of threat and tension exist in the Far East." The U.S. has invested more than half a billion dollars in making Okinawa...

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