【PART 5】 The Last Mystery Voluntary slavish obedience and its historical origin
【7】 The “Okinawa message,” which determined the victory of the military
Even in 1947, the following year, the conflict between the Department of State and the military regarding the retrocession of Okinawa continued. In the draft of the peace treaty with Japan (proposed by the Department of State on August 5), the Department still reaffirmed the intention of returning Okinawa after demilitarizing it.
Of course, the military (Joint Chiefs of Staff) was completely against this idea. They stated on August 26, 1947 that if the U.S. is criticized as being imperialist, it is the role of diplomacy to argue against it effectively, and that there is no need to change the U.S.’s strategic position just because of such criticism. The State Department and military were in a volatile situation at the time.
Amid such conflict, the Showa Emperor’s “Okinawa message” was delivered to MacArthur on September 19, 1947 in perfect timing. In the message, the Emperor proposed fabricating a fiction of a long-term lease, and concluded that such a method of occupation would convince the Japanese populace that the U.S. didn’t have everlasting ambitions about occupying Okinawa.
Half a month before that, on September 1, MacArthur had expressed his critical opinion concerning the peace treaty draft proposed by the State Department. One major reason he gave for it was that the Japanese weren’t expecting hoping that Okinawa be returned to them. The Showa Emperor’s Okinawa message clearly reinforced his position. From this time on, the vision to get rid of all military bases in Okinawa and return it to the Japanese was gradually dropped, and the trickery in Article 3 of the peace treaty was written by Dulles.