• Yokohama, Kanagawa


Regarding the Oct. 15 editorial “Full military disclosure“: While I can appreciate the constraints placed on Japan’s Air-Self Defense Force mission in Iraq, many people seem to have forgotten that Iraq was a very dangerous place for much of the period from March 2004 to December 2008.

For soldiers, carrying weapons wasn’t just a good idea, it was mandatory for self-defense. And if the proportion of people transported by ASDF aircraft was heavily weighted toward the military, a large part of the reason may have been that, for much of those four-plus years, U.N. personnel couldn’t go out into the cities or travel around without someone to protect them. And a single soldier was not enough; several soldiers were required to protect each aid worker.

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