This chapter discusses how the Taiwan protests were a warning then and now of the dangers of putting U.S. soldiers that are immune to local justice into other countries. In the context of the Cold War and decolonization in Asia, the reliance on thousands of advisors, as opposed to dozens, who were protected by diplomatic immunity or demanding exclusive jurisdiction for U.S. forces was a form of playing with political fire. Threat of court-martial aside, putting U.S. troops beyond local laws does not encourage soldiers to respect the laws of a host nation. Rather, it promotes a contrary lack of discipline and prejudice against locals. It also undermines America's culture and values, not only in solidifying allied support but in winning friends from other nations. If the United States does not want to face future backlashes like the Taiwan protests, it needs to give host nations more jurisdictional voice. Moreover, this chapter argues that if the United States remains committed to pursuing a policy of mutual security, it must show that it is committed to the cause of justice, for its soldiers and its allies alike.
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