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originally posted by: Flyingclaydisk
a reply to: odzeandennz
Uhhhh...they could do it at sea?
Like how ever many other countries do...France comes to mind.
Look, do you deny Japan is an ally? Do you deny Japan is a strategic asset (as an ally)? Else why do we have air bases there? Meh, no biggie, right?
originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: Flyingclaydisk
So when did the US annex Japan? Jesus you act like we can do whatever we want and screw everyone else. The last time I looked Japan was their own sovereign nation and responsible for their own decisions. If they choose not to act, it's up to them, not us.
You can tell at liftoff if the missile has a payload on it. The acceleration pattern is different for a loaded or empty missile. If it's empty, why shoot it down and risk debris landing on Japan.