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Submitted by DIane (United States), Jun 23, 2010 at 17:55

You're right! In "Occidentalism" by Ian Buruma and Avishai Margalit, the authors identify this same pattern of thinking in pre-WWII Japan.

"In this view, the war against the West was a war against the poisonous materialist civilization built on Jewish financial capitalist power. All agreed that culture -- that is, traditional Japanese culture -- was spiritual and profound, whereas modern Western civilization was shallow, rootless and destructive of creative power. The West, particularly the United States, was coldly mechanical. A holistic, traditional Orient united under divine Japanese imperial rule would restore the warm organic community to spiritual health."

Nothing much has changed, it seems, except some names and faces.
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