Target: President Barack Obama
Goal: Condemn Washington for ignoring U.S. Marine delinquencies in Japan.
Recently, a U.S. Airman received a one year suspension at the U.S. military base in Okinawa, Japan, after pleading guilty to breaking into a Japanese home, destroying the place, and punching a teenage girl in her sleep. According to reports, the airman had been drinking heavily before the incident.
This is not an isolated occurrence. U.S. Marines stationed in Japan have exhibited an alarming pattern of delinquency. U.S. troops have been stationed in Japan since World War II, numbering in the tens of thousands. The Japanese population has been fervently against the occupation, protesting regularly to urge the troops to leave–and for good reason. Between 1972 and 2009, 5,634 criminal offenses were committed by US Marines–including 25 murders, 385 burglaries, 25 arsons, 127 rapes, 306 assaults and 2,827 thefts. Last year, two servicemen were arrested under suspicion of gang-raping a Japanese woman in Okinawa.
The Japanese government has been unable to comply with the requests of its people due to pressure from the United States. In 2010, the then Japanese Prime Minister pledged to relocate the U.S. Base, but was forced to renege after “pressure” from Washington. Washington, meanwhile, has attempted to placate the Japanese public by promising to decrease the number of troops stationed in Okinawa. They also, however, stated that the transferal would take at least 13 years, if not more. It is clear that Washington intends to do nothing about U.S. Marine terrorism in Japan. The Japanese people continue to suffer unspeakable crimes at the hands of servicemen “protecting” U.S. interests. It is time for Washington to stop ignoring the delinquency of these troops.
Dear President Obama,
Since World War II, the U.S. has maintained a constant presence in Japan in the form of a military base in Okinawa, Japan. While these servicemen intend to protect U.S. interests, they are also committing unspeakable acts of terrorism against the Japanese people. Between 1972 and 2009, 5,634 criminal offenses were committed by US Marines–including 25 murders, 385 burglaries, 25 arsons, 127 rapes, 306 assaults and 2,827 thefts. Only last year, two Marines were arrested under suspicions of gang-raping a Japanese woman. Recently, a U.S. airman was suspended for one year after he pled guilty to breaking into a Japanese home and beating a young girl.
U.S. Marines stationed in Japan have exhibited an alarming pattern of delinquency, and it is time for Washington to stop ignoring the plight of the Japanese people. Every day that you remain silent is another day that the Japanese people suffer because of the U.S. The U.S. base in Japan must be relocated, according to the wishes of the Japanese people–not in 13 years, not someday, but now.
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