Japan's Islands of Mystery

Japan's Islands of Mystery

Japan's Islands of Mystery

Japan's Islands of Mystery


It is significant that although in more than two years of war with Japan we have consistently decried "island hopping," this war has been a war of "island hopping."

There must be a reason for this contradiction.

The reason appears to be that "island hopping" has its merits.

Our impatience to strike directly at Japan is understandable. The Doolittle raid was just what the public wanted. We had no mind to nibble at the tips of the tentacles of the octopus. We wanted to smash the head and heart. This did not seem too difficult to persons with a preconception of American power and Japanese weakness.

But a long time has gone by without a repetition of the Doolittle raid. Even if it is repeated it will mean little--until it can be multiplied a thousandfold in force.

The truth is that there is no shortcut to Tokyo. There is no easy way to lick Japan.

Russian bases are not the answer. It is not at all certain that the Soviet will come to our aid immediately after the defeat of Germany. Russia will have earned a rest. She will need time to gather strength for a new and most difficult war in which men and supplies must be transported to a front six thousand miles from Moscow. Russia has not forgotten what happened the last time she came to grips with Japan. Nor will she forget the delay of the United Nations in establishing a second front in Europe, justifiable though the delay may have been.

It would be suicidal for Russia to give us Siberian bases until either we or the Russians are ready to defend them against Japan. Nippon's finest army is poised in Manchuria ready for just such an eventuality.

That Russia will attack Japan seems certain. Russia will not leave . . .

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