70th Anniversary San Francisco Peace Conference (1951 – 2021)
Posted on September 16th, 2021

Senaka Weeraratna

If Japan did not enter the second world war in 1941 the whole of Asia would have have come under Western colonial domination. There was not an iota of thought in any western country in 1939 to give freedom to people in European colonies. The possibility of what happened to the native Americans, Australian Aboriginies, people of Hawaii, Maoris of New Zealand, Kandyan Sinhalese peasantry of Sri Lanka whose lands were grabbed under enclosure policies and converted into coffee and tea plantations by British settlers killing over 10, 000 wild elephants in the process  to clear the hill country for tea plantations is a poignant story. 

Except for Japan in Asia, no other country outside Europe had the vision and resolve to stop the idea of ‘ Manifest Destiny’ from becoming a reality. What happened to native American Indians and Canadian native Indians has been explained away on the basis of ‘ Manifest Destiny’. Japan and people of Asia who supported Japan to liberate Asia did not subscribe to ‘ Manifest Destiny’.

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