Mind and Destiny

“I make no pretension to patriotism. So long as my voice can be heard ... I will hold up America to the lightning scorn of moral indignation. In doing this, I shall feel myself discharging the duty of a true patriot; for he is a lover of his country who rebukes and does not excuse its sins. It is righteousness that exalteth a nation while sin is a reproach to any people.”- Frederick Douglass

Location: Delhi, N.Y., United States

The author and his webmaster, summer of 1965.

Monday, May 01, 2017

Japan’s Preemptive War

With Europe busy fighting Hitler, our country remained the only obstacle to the establishment of a huge Japanese empire in East Asia.
By the end of 1940, we had ended shipments of scrap metal, steel, and iron ore to Japan, and began sending military hardware to Chiang Kai-shek ,the leader of the Chinese forces resisting the Japanese.
Negotiations with Japan began in early 1941, but there was little movement.  By midsummer, President Franklin Roosevelt froze all Japanese assets in our country and ended shipments of oil.  The United States was unwilling to accept Japanese expansion and Japan was unwilling to end its conquests.
On December 7, 1941, the Japanese launched a surprise preemptive air attack on Pearl Harbor.  Within two hours of the bombing, 18  ships were sunk or damaged, 188 of our aircraft were destroyed, and 2,403 Americans were killed.
The next day, FDR addressed a joint session of Congress to ask it to declare war on Japan and signed that declaration of war the same day.  Our government immediately began providing weapon and supplies to the Soviet Union and the British Empire. 
On December 11, 1941, Germany and Italy declared war on the United States, and we reciprocated, by formally entering the war in Europe. 
Adolf Hitler had learned that our military was making a contingency plan to get troops in continental Europe by 1943.  The information was made public by sources unsympathetic to Roosevelt's New Deal, and published by the Chicago Tribune on December 4, 1941.  Roosevelt had initiated a Neutrality Patrol, which escorted British ships, as well as orders for our Navy destroyers to first actively report U-boats, then to "shoot on sight."
In February of 1942, Japanese Americans from the West Coast were sent to internment camps for the duration of the war.


Blogger John Stanley said...

What exactly is your target market, never see a response or signs of interaction in the discussion. Been watching on and off since 09 and have not noticed any interaction. And the 'history' seems a little lacking as the issues were far more two sided than you portray. History is always written by the victor, seldom is the truth about the vanquished covered in the narrative.

10:38 AM  
Blogger Jim O'Leary said...

Mr. Stanley have you ever considered that not unlike Donald Trump, that Andrew Jackson, Benito Mussolini, and you have a lot in common.

I agree that history is often written by the victor and is seldom the truth about the vanquished. Consequently, since April 20th of this year I've been posting factual information regarding military conflicts that have occurred during my life time.

Do you agree with Italian dictator, Benito Mussolini’s opinion of war? He claimed: “And above all, Fascism, the more it considers and observes the future and the development of humanity quite apart from political considerations of the moment, believes neither in the possibility nor the utility of perpetual peace... War alone brings up to its highest tension all human energy and puts the stamp of nobility upon the people who have the courage to meet it.”

1:13 AM  
Blogger John Stanley said...

Man is a predator by nature, and will if given a chance exert his power over another if and when he see's a weakness. You also engage in this activity as you desire to exert your belief system upon others, though non-violent you still are at 'war' with those who you feel disagree with you. I have experienced 'war' in my lifetime as well, and understand the 'evil' in man, and the violence and brutality man can inflict upon another. We can cherry pick quotes on war from the Romans to today, each see's a nobility as long as they are winning, fighting for one's country or cause is in itself a failing in man, and as long as man desires what a neighbor has, and feels he can acquire it by force, 'war' will be the result of man's greed, or weaknesses.
An explanation- You have a twin brother, and your parents being poor find a 5 drawer dresser for your room for you to share. You get the top two drawers, your brother gets the bottom 2 drawers and your 'share' the middle drawer. How soon before that center line of that shared drawer shifts one way or the other, that is war in it's simplest form, the desire to have more than the other because of some internal need for 'power', greed or wealth, all human failings.

As an ex soldier I 'hate' war and all it entails, the role of the soldier is far more to deter war than fight in one, for until you remove the 'evil' from man, someone somewhere for some reason will desire something his neighbor has and will use violence to acquire it, been that way since man looked at the cave next door and decided he wanted something from that other cave

1:47 AM  
Blogger Jim O'Leary said...

In 1984, Ronald Reagan explained: “Our very unity has been strengthened by our pluralism. We establish no religion in this country, we command no worship, we mandate no belief, nor will we ever.”

Nevertheless, some people like Mr. Stanley find the song, “Imagine” that was written and preformed by John Lennon offensive. They can’t: "Imagine there’s no heaven... No hell below us... people, living for today... no countries... Nothing to kill or die for, and no religion too... all the people, living life in peace... No need for greed or hunger, a brotherhood of man... all the people, sharing all the world.”

BTW, Mr. Stanley, I enlisted in the Marine Corps during the Korean War. I would assume that every sane person would hate war.

2:17 AM  

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