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Originally posted by Dr Expired
Personally I believe the Japanese were lured into attacking Pearl Harbour.
But before we condemm Churchill and Roosevelt, perhaps we need to imagine a world where Hitler is in control,and Stalin is his only threat , holed up in Siberia.
edit on 10-9-2011 by Dr Expired because: spellin
Originally posted by steaming
reply to post by Highlander64
Step by step there's a host of genuine, truthful reasons that are gradually starting to surface nowadays. I was born 1946, and feel more than lucky for such a priviledge to have happened. WW2, 55,000,000 Human Beings were Killed and the majority were Innocent, Unarmed Civilians. As time went by I felt anger at such a seemingly stupid war killing too many Relatives, some laid to rest in a foreign country in a Military Grave. I felt sad when I learned about Hiroshima plus Nagasaki...... But recently I have learned even more, and now realise how had that war run another 12 months or so, then Japan would have Blitzed either Europe or the USA with Nuclear bombs. Why do i now say this???? check the following and see how you then feel.
Originally posted by Nicolas Flamel
reply to post by Brother Stormhammer
But I wonder why Japan needed to attack the US at all? They could have only invaded British, Dutch and French colonies saying they had the right being part of the Axis pact. They could have ignored the Philippines and the US altogether. I doubt the US would have declared war on Japan if the US was not directly attacked. The worst thing Japan could have done would be to attack Russia, forcing Russia to fight a two front war. Maybe FDR's hard line and economic sanctions did manipulate the Japanese into making rash decisions, or in other words a conspiracy to have a war with Japan.
Originally posted by saabster5
Can say my grandfather was an XO of a minesweeper that left Pearl 2 weeks before the attack. Notice there were no carriers in the harbor. The battleships were an atiquated relic in the Navy at that time. They did have the firepower, but as the Navy was realizing, a remote launch vessel for airplanes was the key to win a maritime war. Planes could be launched from hundreds of miles away from a target, where a battleship would require a ten mile distance.
Also, most surface naval maritime vessels require Dog Zebra on most hatches that connect important compartments. A quick summary of Naval terminology is discussed here
Condition ZEBRA provides the greatest degree of subdivision and water-tight integrity to the ship. It is the maximum state of readiness for the ship's survivability system. Condition ZEBRA is set: Immediately and automatically when general quarters is sounded; When entering or leaving port in wartime; To localize damage and control fire and flooding when the crew is not at general quarters; and At any time the CO deems the maximum condition of survivability should be set.