The news this morning that Japan is considering a pre-emptive strike on North Korean missile bases comes as no particular surprise to me. It also would come of no particular suprise to learn that the Japanese have been and are far better armed than the world ever thought they were. The most powerful and closest military alliance is no longer NATO and has not been for a quite a while. The most powerful such alliance is the USA and Japan. Not far out on the periphery of this alliance are India and Israel.