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Thread #148498 Message #3450231
Posted By: Don Firth
10-Dec-12 - 03:25 PM
Thread Name: BS: Pearl Harbor Day / December 7
Subject: RE: BS: Pearl Harbor Day / December 7
Boy, I can really get impatient with revisionist history!
I've heard a lot of crapola about this, such as how FDR started WWII to get the U.S. out of the Great Depression, which was pretty well over well before we got into the war. And much to the irritation of some of our European friends, FDR was doing his damnedest to keep the U.S. out of the war in Europe, even though he knew we were going to have to get into it sooner or later. Hitler was not about to stop with Europe. He was insanely ambitious.
The fact is (and I was a kid when this was going on, but I was a sharp kid and I remember) that Japan had thoroughly outraged a lot of the world by their policy of trying to turn the Pacific Ocean and all its contents into a "Japanese pond." and the unspeakable brutality of such things as "the Rape of Nanking."
The classic photo, HERE.
In hospitals, after killing the doctors and nurses, they then tended to the patients themselves, HERE.
Are we having fun yet? HERE.
And read THIS—if you have the stomach for it!!
THAT was why the U.S. stopped selling scrap metal to Japan (they were turning it into weapons) and the reason for the oil embargo.
Japan sent a "peace delegation" to Washington, D.C. to negotiate with the American government regarding the embargo, and while the negotiations were going on, the Japanese military sucker punched the U.S. with the Pearl Harbor attack.
The Japanese didn't really know how much damage they had inflicted on the U.S. Pacific fleet, and that they could have invaded the West Coast of the U.S. and there wasn't a helluva lot we could have done to stop the. This didn't come out until the war was pretty well over.
DO try to get it right!!