The Status of the China Incident

@article{Linebarger1941TheSO,
  title={The Status of the China Incident},
  author={Paul Myron Anthony Linebarger},
  journal={The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science},
  year={1941},
  volume={215},
  pages={36 - 43}
}
  • P. M. Linebarger
  • Published 1 May 1941
  • Political Science
  • The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science
China no war, but an incident. The term has become catastrophically significant for Japan. War usually involves a tangible, destructible enemy, and a possible defeat of that enemy. In the Incident, both of these are to a certain degree lacking. Half a million Japanese soldiers in China are fighting not merely Chiang Kai-shek and the central Chinese armies; they engage Chinese civilization as well, and even von Clausewitz provides no formula for storming a folkway. The confusion of means is…