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Quasi-War Between Japan and the U.S.S.R., 1937-1939

Quasi-War Between Japan and the U.S.S.R., 1937-1939

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Quasi-War Between Japan and The U.S.S.R., 1937-1939Author(s): Clark W. TinchSource:
World Politics,
Vol. 3, No. 2 (Jan., 1951), pp. 174-199Published by:
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QUASI-WARBETWEEN JAPANANDTHE U.S.S.R.,1937-1939
By CLARKW. TINCH
T
HEscaleand intensityofthefighting inKoreahavebeen
suchasAmericanshave,before1950, associatedonlywith full-fledgedwar. How sucha conflictcouldfail to de-velop intoWorld War III theyonly dimlyunderstand.Theyhad assumedthat in the twentiethcenturywar,or at leastwarsinvolvinggreat powers,hadto be total.To theextentthatthisassumption is incorporatedin the ex-pectationsof the rulingeliteofeitheroftwoor more contend-ing powers,itis likely to be true;to the extentthat war ismadean endinitself,isconceptuallydivorcedfromthe politi-calendsitinfact seeks to achieve, the organizedviolenceofwarringgreatpowersmustbenot only totallyorganized, buttotallyapplied,whiletheconsequencesgo hang.Theweaponsandtechniquesofthe lastwarwhenhandled non-politicallyproduced,therefore,asmighthavebeenanticipated,conditionssingularlyunpropitiousto therealization ofwhatwerepro-fessedtohave been theaimsforwhichthewar wasfought.Inhisrecent,widely quotedarticle intheReader'sDigest,policy-plannerGeorgeF.KennanoftheStateDepartmentat-tacked theideathatwar with Russiaisinevitableandpor-trayedtheroadtopeaceas atwilightregionpockedwithun-certaintyandedgedwithdanger.'Whilesubjecttocriticismorskepticismin itsparticulars,Mr. Kennan'sargumentreflectshis realizationoftwoimportanttruths:War istheextensionofpoliticsbyothermeans;and warneed not betotal.Forthe moment,with itssobering prospects,itis almostenoughthattheAmericanpublicbepersuadedonlythatthereisnologicinherentinthingsthatmakesunavoidablethephysi-calobliterationof theopponent,and henceincreasesthechancesof one'sown obliteration.Thequestionofwhetherandunder whatcircumstancestotal waris desirablemay
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"Is Warwith RussiaInevitable?"Reader'sDigest,LVI,No. 335 (March1950),1-9.
 
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