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

5 responses to “How U.S. Economic Warfare Provoked Japan’s Attack on Pearl Harbor

  1. Al Fin June 12, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    That is certainly one way to look at the situation, Giovanni.

    And yet if you look at the young bucks of the Japanese military and their coming of age into national power and influence during the 1930s, one’s viewpoint might gain and broaden in perspective.

    Japan occupied large areas of the Asian continent, and was moving to occupy much larger areas. Japan was allied with Hitler, which cast its imperialist activities across Asia in a much more malignant light.

    The article linked — originally published in the Freeman — is reminiscent of much of the isolationist literature from the 1930s and early 1940s seeking to keep the US out of the war. Like most such tracts and pamphlets, it is one-sided, leaving out much crucial information.

    From a historical point of view, it is very interesting and important, nonetheless. Thanks..

    • Giovanni Dannato June 12, 2012 at 11:54 pm

      Yeah, no interpretation is going to be without its holes.
      Thanks for continuing to question and for inviting further discussion.

      I think the important thing is that it’s a rare mainstream source now that really seems to try to make interpretations rather than just regurgitate an orthodox narrative.

      From what I understand, Japan required foreign sources of oil, rubber, and minerals to function as a modern nation-state because of their home island’s paucity of resources.
      These are some of the needs that drove them towards international expansion in the first place.
      They had already been in Korea and Taiwan for decades and had sided with Britain and France in WWI.
      Was the very existence of a Japanese Empire inimical to Western interests?
      Could a Japanese Empire have continued to exist as it was in the long term? Or was it overextended already?
      How might events in China have turned out if the Japanese had remained involved in the area? Would there be a North Korea for that matter?
      Could Western powers have made a deal with them to forge an alliance with the nationalists against the communists?
      Though allied at the time with Hitler, the Japanese were not Hitler’s servants as they so often seem to be portrayed.
      A nation state chooses its relationships based on its self-interest. If Hitler had made them a better offer at that time, what counter offers might have swayed them to the other side?
      Clearly, if Western powers had the power to put severe economic pressure on Japan, they also had significant bargaining leverage.

      By the time WWII arrived in Europe, the Japanese had already had their hands full in China for some years. It was a crazy free for all with the Nationalists, Communists, Japanese constantly allying against each other as suited their needs.
      Were the Japanese necessarily eager to fight the US as well?

      Like a lot of these kind of topics, you could have fun turning it over for hours.

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  3. Giovanni Dannato June 14, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    Clip from a South Park episode where a pokemon spinoff turns out to be part of a nefarious Japanese plot to brainwash American children to do their bidding.

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