Transpacific Cold War Formations
and the Question of (Un)Redressability
Imperialism cannot be overcome by another imperialism, nor can it be brought
to justice by one.
Takeuchi Yoshimi, “Kindai no chōkoku”
Justice, insofar as it is not only a juridical or po liti cal concept, opens up for
l’avenir the transformation, the recasting or refounding of law and politics. . . .
Justice as the experience of absolute alterity is unpresentable, but it is the
chance of the event and the condition of history.
Jacques Derrida, “Force of Law: The ‘Mystical Foundation of Authority’
What returns to us in the wake of the scene of world order governed by re-
stored hegemony is a po liti cal logic that we are all too familiar with and which
develops in the very heart of democracies: that of enlightened despotism.
Jacques Rancière, “Overlegitimation”
One of the twentieth century’s cultural responses to wars, mili-
tary aggression, and other egregious violations of human lives
and the international order has been the administration of tran-
sitional justice. The military tribunals, state apologies, corporate
reparations, and more recently, truth and reconciliation commis-
all intended for both international and domestic
audiences, have ofered dif er ent modalities for redressing past
injustices.1 With regard to World War II, the Nuremberg Mili-
tary Trials are most commonly known to have set new conven-
tions for prosecuting such heinous acts as genocide and abuse
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