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Thread #148498 Message #3449979
Posted By: GUEST,DDT
09-Dec-12 - 10:46 PM
Thread Name: BS: Pearl Harbor Day / December 7
Subject: RE: BS: Pearl Harbor Day / December 7
Japan bombed Pearl Harbor because they had no other real choice. The US was engaging in an oil embargo against the Japan who desperately needed the oil. On top of that, the US froze all Japanese assets in the US. Japan was slowly smothering to death and had to do something drastic and fast. The had to seize the moment, as it were. It was a case of "Do something now or go down without a whimper." They had a choice to bomb Pearl Harbor or San Diego. The latter was easier to reach but Pearl Harbor was isolated and completely unready so Japan seized the moment.
The US didn't care about Japan--whom it knew it could and would beat--but about Hitler. The US wanted into the war to get rid of Hitler. They couldn't just jump in because a large portion of the US population was pacifist and had been since WWI. A country had to attack the US to make getting into the war a possibility. If no country did, then one would have to forced to do so and it just happened to be Japan.
So the govt left Pearl Harbor with a big "BOMB ME" sign stuck on it and the Japanese, having little other recourse, took the bait. The meaning of Yamamoto's words were not those of a man regretting attacking America but that the attack was simply not enough and Japan would almost assuredly lose the war. But Japan did what it had to do at that time but was already so militarily and economically weakened that it was too little too late.
And that's the name of that tune.