I have yet to watch the video, but I will soon. I just wanted to add my thoughts first.
Many people don't know that America had been provoking the Japanese in the many months leading up to the attack. The US had declared itself neutral,
though wasn't following the rules of neutrality. Instead, we were constantly arming and supply Japan's enemies, such as Great Britain. We were doing
this blatantly, right in front of the Japanese, almost the same as flipping an already hot-headed person off and begging for a fight. This in of
itself is pretty much an act of war. The Japanese would complain about this, yet the Americans kept it up in an unnerving taunt.
It is more clear than ever, that FDR and the US government wanted... no needed Japan to attack and most likely so that it would give us an excuse to
go to war. FDR knew that the popular opinion of the American public was to stay out of this war that was raging across Asia and beginning in Europe.
We needed to be attacked first in order for the public to go along with it and FDR knew that Japan would be the country most capable of attacking
The Japanese knew that America was going to get into the war, one way or the other. The arming and supplying of Japan's enemies was a serious threat
to the raging empire and so Japan decided to attack the American fleet that was amassing half-way to their motherland.
Many people falsely believe that Japan just attacked us out of the blue and that couldn't be further from the truth. In fact, one of Japan's leading
Admirals, Isoroku Yamamoto
, had studied at Harvard in Boston and knew the industrial might of the
USA. Japan knew that if America got into the war, they would be fighting an uphill battle and arguably, Japan didn't want to fight us. However, the
supplying of Japan's enemies by the US was seriously endangering the empire's war efforts and when it became clear to the Japanese that America
wasn't going to stop, even after Japan made a stink over it on several occasions, they very carefully decided to attack first in hopes of evening the
The attack was anything but out of the blue and we had been practically begging for it.
Now, to watch the film...
[edit on 20-8-2010 by airspoon]