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How was Japan's involvement in the Korean war reconciled with Article 9 of the constitution?

The Historical Basis section of Wikipedia's article on the anime "From Up on Poppy Hill" indicates that the Japanese merchant marine and their crews carried forces and supplies to Korea during the ...
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Why has Japan been largely pacifist since WWII?

Japan has been largely pacifist since WWII. Although it does have armed forces, I've heard that the country hasn't killed anyone in combat since WWII. While I assume that WWII, the deadliest war in ...
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Anti-Aircraft capabilities of Islamic State [closed]

Throughout the rapid spread of Islamic State (IS) they have captured much American equipment and also Syrian equipment. I understand some of that equipment has been too advanced for IS to operate such ...
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What enables ~30k ISIS fighters to compete with ~190k peshmerga, & others?

I was reading this article which includes the following estimates for the numbers of fighters involved in ISIS-related regions: Between 7,000 and 30,000 ISIS fighters. Mixed levels of training and ...
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Why is Theodore Roosevelt's time with the Rough Riders seen so positively?

As most historians have noted, Theodore Roosevelt lead his soldiers into a trap and suffered the most causalities during the Battle of Las Guasimas and San Juan Hill. It has been noted that he acted ...
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Overall, what is the reaction of nearby countries to the Syria civil conflict?

What has been the general reaction of countries close to the Syria/Iraq civil conflict? Have they been trying to prevent the conflict from continuing? Are they merely supporting combatants with a ...
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Why are some groups saying that the US supports the Syrian Rebels?

As far as I know, the only support the US has sent to rebel groups is only non-military aid in the form of foodstuffs, GPS equipment, radios, etc. and training for personel of some rebel groups. But ...
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Was it technically possible for BUK system to crash an airplane in Ukraine? [closed]

I have read in another forum, that it's impossible that BUK system destroyed that airplane in Ukraine. The reason he says is - the airplane looks like shot by 30×165mm bullets - its not like blown by ...
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What threat does the establishment of an Islamic State by ISIS pose in the region and the world?

What threat does the establishment of an Islamic State by ISIS pose in the region and the world? As far as i know they took control of a large portion of land in Iraq and Syria, however, they are ...
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Could the President of the United States refuse to wage a war Congress declared?

In the United States, the separation of powers is such that although the President is the commander-in-chief of the armed forces, Congress is the branch that issues declarations of war. Typically, ...
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What direct actions could Hamas take to effectively show a leadership role in protecting Palestinian Civilians?

In a comment to my previous question: Why is there no call for Hamas to protect and reduce civilian casualties? a comment was posted: how can Hamas protect the civilians considering the prolonged ...
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Why is there no call for Hamas to protect and reduce civilian casualties?

In a recent report in the Washington Post, the article indicates that the UN is placing the entire onus of reducing civilian casualties in its war with Hamas on Israel. In Washington, the Pentagon ...
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What characterizes an act of war as “war crime?”

With the Israel-Gaza tension going on, I hear a lot of talk about "war crimes" by the UN. However, to me the war going on doesn't seem different at all from any other war, and leaves me to wonder how ...
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What is the purpose of establishment of United Nations?

We know that United Nations was established in order to maintain peace worldwide? But there have been many wars between countries in history even after its establishment... So what exactly was UN ...
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What can the rest of the World do to stop Israel-Palestine war? [closed]

Not talking about the past but the present. Right now, the situation in Palestine has gone really really bad. I don't know what can be done on our part but there has to be something that we can do. ...
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Does international regulation forbid a country to kill children in a conflict if the other part uses them as human shields?

The question is motivated by the Israel-Palestine conflict, but it may be asked/answered in general. I am wondering if Geneva conventions or any other international regulation forbid a country (Israel ...
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How responsible is Ukraine for allowing civil planes to fly over a war zone?

Regardless of who shot down the plane and taking into account that (non-civil) planes had been shot down before, is Ukraine in part responsible for allowing civil planes to fly over a war zone? It ...
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How could the Ukrainian rebels get SAMs?

I know this counts as geopolitics(or maybe skeptics), but The US and Svobda have claimed that Malaysia flight MH17 was shot down by rebels. After reading This question in Travel Stack Exchange, I now ...
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How accountable will Russia be if it emerges they have supplied the Surface-to-Air Weaponry that brought down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17?

After today's events, there is a lot of speculation that Flight MH17 was brought down by surface to air weapons. Witnesses appear to have heard the loud explosions before the flight crashed, and ...
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Is there a law to prevent global nuclear war when the terrorist are able steal nuke technology from a lot of country that have nukes? [closed]

Is there any difference for terrorist to test their nuke in a lofty tone without a official status in UN like the North Korea or to be inconspicuous country like the India If there are too much ...
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What is the political motivation that makes US never invade Canada?

What is the political motivation that makes US never invade Canada? Motivation to ask this question: Why US have to buy natural resource from Canada instead of getting it for free?
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How was arranging the trade of POW Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five detainees possible without “negotiating with terrorists”?

The United States of America has had a historical policy that they do not "negotiate with terrorists". How was brokering a trade of POWs between opposing sides of the War on Terror possible without ...
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How much lives could they've saved if they would have used war money in health?

I'm not sure about how much money they've spent in war as a result of the 9/11 attacks, but it seems to be a few trillions. I'm even less sure about how much lives would they have saved if they would ...
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Sanctions for Russian military action in Ukraine stopping preparation for G8. Is it important for Russia?

In recent conflict of Russia and Ukraine some of G8 countries as sanction of Russian military actions in Ukraine declared they will stop preparation for G8 event in Sochi. But why would Russia be ...
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Was the 2003 Iraq War an undeclared war to circumvent the Geneva Conventions?

The Iraq Resolution known as "AUTHORIZATION FOR USE OF MILITARY FORCE AGAINST IRAQ RESOLUTION OF 2002" cites national policy, a war on "terrorism", and United Nations Security Council Resolutions to ...
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Russia attacks Ukraine. Why is world's reaction so slow? [closed]

Russia has occupied Crimea, and Russian soldiers are getting ready to attack Kharkiv this night. About Crimea - this has been obvious for last few days. Just words. Russia don't do it, this is bad. ...
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What are the historical claims to Kashmir from India and Pakistan?

A current map of the world shows that Kashmir within India's borders. However some parts of Kashmir are claimed by Pakistan. What historical claims do Pakistan and India make to Kashmir?
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When a country wins a war, will the winner country rule the losing one? [closed]

I just have a simple question, what happens when a country wins a war: will that country rule the losing country, or what happens after the war?
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Does speaking the same language reduce the likelihood of war?

One idea I've heard from time to time is that if we all spoke one language, we wouldn't have war any more. I can think of counter-examples to this. For example, the invasion of Kuwait by Iraq (both ...
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Is Japan allowed to shoot drones in Japanese airspace under international law?

In Japan will stand up to China, says PM Shinzo Abe, there's mention of Japanese plans to shoot down Chinese drones: The statement was referring to reports that Mr Abe had approved defence plans ...
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Can a Turkish involvement on a military strike on Syria trigger the NATO mutual defense clause?

If Turkey joins a military strike on Syria and Syria strikes back at Turkey, can Turkey invoke NATO's mutual defense clause according to article 5?
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Can the Vatican legally declare war?

Joseph Stalin once famously quipped: "The Pope! How many divisions has he got?" Technically speaking, the pope IS a secular ruler of a country that holds an observer status at the UN, and as far as I'...
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Sino-Indian War of 1962

What was the reason behind Sino-Indian war of 1962? Was it a Communist invasion of Indian territory? Another version I heard was that it was the forward policy of India which provoked PRC for a war. ...
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What triggered the war in Iraq?

This is an issue that I've never understood going back to the early 2000s. The build-up to the war in Iraq was something that snuck up on me. All of a sudden there was talk about a potential war in ...
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Are there currently more wars being fought inside of a country or externally?

All the talk about war in the media as been me wonder is there more Civil Wars or International Wars going on in the world today?
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Is the “War on Terror” successful? How can success be determined?

The "War on Terror" was declared on 20th September 2001; officially it has not ended. According to Time Magazine the estimated cost of the "War on Terror" is 5 trillion USD (2001-2011). Which is ...
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How dangerous a threat does North Korea pose to the world? [closed]

Current news states that North Korea have been ignoring UN resolutions on nuclear development, and have gone ahead with development and testing of nuclear weapons. They have stated that they can, and ...
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Did the USA ever officially apologize for shooting down “Iran Air Flight 655” in 3 July of 1988?

Iran Air Flight 655 was a civilian jet airliner shot down by U.S. missiles on 3 July 1988 as it flew over the Strait of Hormuz at the end of the Iran–Iraq War. 290 innocent civilians (252 Iranians ...
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What are the current international agreements on the Korean war?

I am trying to get information on international agreements on Korean conflict. I can find only documents on the current border status, DMZ, but not on valid international contracts for example ...
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Do the Naxalites enjoy popular support among the poor population?

In India, the Naxalites are various armed political groups with communist and maoist ideologies. They have been declared a terrorist organisation by the government of India. The Wikipedia article ...
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Is preemptive war illegal or just politically untenable?

In the lead up to the Iraq war, and to a lesser degree in the discussion before the military action in Libya in 2011, there was much discussion in the United States about the possibility that any ...
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What evidence did the Bush administration have that Iraq stored WMD?

The U.S. and its allies have justified the Iraq war, among other things, by citing the danger of weapons of mass destruction. According to wikipedia (emphasis mine) the U.S. stated that the intent ...
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Was the war in Iraq legal according to the US law?

Is it true that the recent war conducted by The United States in Iraq was undeclared and illegal? Have there been any rulings by the US courts on this? What are the arguments for and against the ...