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    U.S. Economic Warfare Provoked Pearl Harbor

    How U.S. Economic Warfare Provoked Japan’s Attack on Pearl Harbor

    Keep in mind that Pearl Harbor was on December 7, 1941...

    "In 1939 the United States terminated the 1911 commercial treaty with Japan."

    "On July 2, 1940, Roosevelt signed the Export Control Act, authorizing the President to license or prohibit the export of essential defense materials.” Under this authority, “[o]n July 31, exports of aviation motor fuels and lubricants and No. 1 heavy melting iron and steel scrap were restricted.”

    "Roosevelt slapped an embargo, effective October 16, “on all exports of scrap iron and steel to destinations other than Britain and the nations of the Western Hemisphere."

    "On July 26, 1941, Roosevelt froze Japanese assets in the United States, thus bringing commercial relations between the nations to an effective end. One week later Roosevelt embargoed the export of such grades of oil as still were in commercial flow to Japan. The British and the Dutch followed suit, embargoing exports to Japan from their colonies in southeast Asia."

    "Foreign Minister Teijiro Toyoda had communicated to Ambassador Kichisaburo Nomura on July 31 [1941]: “Commercial and economic relations between Japan and third countries, led by England and the United States, are gradually becoming so horribly strained that we cannot endure it much longer. Consequently, our Empire, to save its very life, must take measures to secure the raw materials of the South Seas.”

    So much for that surprise attack crap.

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    Not a surprise attack in the sense that war wasn't anticipated - but whether Roosevelt knew of an imminent attack on Pearl Harbor itself is up for debate - decent arguments can be made pro and con. In the time right before Pearl Harbor, there was no doubt Japan was going ignite a war at any rate, American and British intel knew something was up in the autumn of 1941 and they knew war was imminent days and hours before it started, but war with whom?

    If the U.S. had known about the actual strength of Japan, it would not have implemented this aggressive policy with which it knowingly and willingly indeed pushed Japan to start a war somewhere. So Roosevelt, underestimating Japan, did want war. Japan had only three choices accoding to the Americans and Brits, given that the Japanese were unwilling to withdraw from China and have unrest on the homefront, all of them favorable opposed to maintaining the status quo in the region in Anglo eyes.

    Either Japan would strike south, and attack the British and Dutch imperial possessions. Or they would declare war on the U.S. Or Japan would join the Axis in the war against the U.S.S.R., something the Americans and Brits were willing to risk. If Japan attacked the British Empire or the U.S., the Anglos believed they could make quick work of Japan. so they were not too concerned with that either. What they didn't count on was that Japan would go on an all out attack against the British Empire and the U.S. at the same time, never mind successfully too.

    The Americans were building up their presence in the Pacific late 1941 and six more months of preparations would've made the American position on the Philippines impregnable. The Brits too were expanding their naval presence in the region. Japan had to act fast in 1941, all the more so due to crippling embargos and its dwindling pile of strategic resources.
    “War is waged by men; not by beasts, or by gods. It is a peculiarly human activity. To call it a crime against mankind is to miss at least half its significance; it is also the punishment of a crime.” - Frederic Manning, The Middle Parts of Fortune

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    Henry Morganthau headed US Secretary Treasury. It says a lot why the US went to war in Europe. He hated Germany like Chamberlain by reading their comments or heairng their speeches. Morganthau Plan wanted to dissolve Germany and starve out their people. US did use blockades to control the Germans post Nazism in which I disagree with their harsh treatments. Patton did not like it either. At least the Allies wanted to rebuild it after their mass bombing destruction. They probably needed Germany's economy and location against Russia. At least, Germany recovered quickly and had great resilience. Today, they have the highest standard of living and best infrastructure in the world. Good for the Germans!

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