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Thread #148498   Message #3450332
Posted By: Little Hawk
10-Dec-12 - 08:05 PM
Thread Name: BS: Pearl Harbor Day / December 7
Subject: RE: BS: Pearl Harbor Day / December 7
Yeah, that's right, Don. As far as I'm concerned, all pre-planned wars or "wars of choice" are war crimes, regardless of the legal technicalities one way or the other. War itself is a gigantic crime against humanity. There's no doubt that the Japanese were long guilty of aggression war by 1941...they started off that whole Asian war when they attacked China in 1937.

(The ordinary Japanese citizen, however, was under the impression that the Chinese had started that war...the usual thing that is achieved by domestic propaganda. Everybody always thinks the other guy is to blame. Germans were also usually under the impression that others were to blame for the wars in which the Germans got involved.)

My suggestion that FDR helped maneuver the Japanese into attacking the USA has nothing to do with rightwing politics, however. Everything in the world doesn't boil down to squabbling between Democrats and Republicans, you know...and I've always pretty much approved of FDR, all things considered. The Japanese were themselves to blame for having invaded China, and starting off the whole mess. FDR was just dealing with the usual political problems that arise between great powers in a time like that, and I think he handled it rather well.