posted on Dec, 23 2004 @ 12:27 AM
Was Pearl Harbor allowed to happen to draw us into World War II? We have all heard the reports of prior knowledge of an imminent attack, spotted,
heading towards our fleet at Hawaii but was it an error in judgment or something more that ultimately drew us into the war? Was it just a matter of
dumb luck that our ďinvaluableĒ carriers were out to see and not damaged in the attack or did somebody know something was headed our way? If Japan
would not have struck at Pearl Harbor, when it did, would the Axis have one World War II? When Japan struck our naval fleet at Pearl Harbor it drew us
into a conflict that we were able to, up until that point, all but somewhat avoid. Sure, we were supplying Brittan with supplies and some assistance
but we hadnít jumped into full scale combat minus the occasional incidents in the north Atlantic. All points were leaning towards an eventual conflict
with Germany but we were still in the Isolationist mind set which kept us largely uninvolved.
Meanwhile Germany was pounding the British with constant bombing raids and an invasion seemed imminent. Sure the British were holding their own but
it all seemed just a matter of time before England would fall to the Germans. With England in check, for the most part, Germany would begin Operation
BARBAROSSA and invade the USSR. The Third Reich seemed poised to take control of all of Europe and soon most of Asia as they seemed unstoppable. It
was at this point that the US was attacked by Japan and drawn into the war in the Pacific. Four days later, Hitler would declare war on the US and the
tide of the German success would soon begin to change. With the Third Reich entrenched in a massive conflict on the Russian front and Britain still
looming in the North the involvement of America would soon prove too much for Germany to handle. Eventually, the Germans would fall as the Allies
slowly crept in on them from all sides culminating with the fall of Berlin. Not long after, with all focus on Japan, the US would drop the atomic bomb
and bring World War II to an end.
Until America became involved in World War II things were looking pretty bleak for England and to an extent the USSR. The government of the US could
see that Germany was running virtually unchallenged through all of Europe and would soon take England and probably most of Asia. They knew we would
eventually need to become involved but the mind set in the country was completely against it. As in World War I, they knew that something horrendous
needed to take place in order to gain the support of the American people. Unfortunately, controversial incidents would happen in both wars that would
draw us in.
Pearl Harbor will go down as one of the darkest days in American history but from that we grew as a country and a military super power. Without Pearl
Harbor would we have ever garnered enough support to take on Germany and Japan or would we have waited until they were at our doorstep? Was this event
allowed to happen in order to raise support for our involvement in World War II and if so who had a hand in it and who stood to benefit? Finally, and
unfortunately, does any of this sound vaguely familiar to you?