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Day of Infamy

In 1931, Japan invaded China after local Japanese officers decided to fake a Chinese attack, thus resulting in the creation of the puppet state of Manchukuo. In 1937, Japan invaded even further into China, thus resulting in the Second Sino-Japanese War.

The western powers were unhappy with the Rape of Nanjing as well as other atrocities committed by Japanese soldiers in China. Furthermore, they were concerned that Japan’s militarism would be turned upon them. As a result, the western powers made a collective decision to stop selling oil, iron ore, and steel in 1941, without which the Japanese war effort couldn’t continue. Presented with a choice to either let its economy collapse or pull out of its recent conquests, Japan decided to declare war on the western powers.

Its plan was to seize key objectives in the Pacific region. After which, Japan would establish a defensive perimeter before holding it until the western powers were ready to negotiate a peace in which it would be acknowledged the master in Asia. As such, the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7 of 1941 was meant to knock out the U.S. Pacific Fleet, thus preventing it from interfering with its military operations aimed at the overseas territories of the United States, the United Kingdom, and the Netherlands.

Unsurprisingly, the United States was furious. U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s speech to the U.S. Congress the very next day is still remembered as the “Day of Infamy” speech, which has gone on to influence U.S. rhetoric ever since. Afterward, both Germany and Italy proceeded to declare war on the United States on December 11 of 1941, thus bringing the US fully into WWl.

Dorothy Smith
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18 COMMENTS

  1. “Afterward, both Germany and Italy proceeded to declare war on the United States on December 11 of 1941, thus bringing the US fully into WWl.”

    You meant to say, WWII?

  2. Rape of Nanjing was in 1937, trading stopped in 1941, July 26th, to be exact, a month after the Germans attacked SU, a year after Japan signed a treaty with Germany, however right after Japan occupied French Indo-China. So, it seems that the West and the rest cared less about the rapes. The “Day of Infamy” speech was a day after the attack on Perl Harbor. More, legislations enacted in the US between 1935-1937 prohibited trade with warring nations. So why waiting until 1941? Why adding the politically correct reasons to the events that were never connected with those reasons. It was only to protect own interests in the region and that is perfectly understandable. Even today, we are trading with China more than ever, knowing all well about the communist country atrocities committed against their own citizens.

  3. “Afterward, both Germany and Italy proceeded to declare war on the United States on December 11 of 1941, thus bringing the US fully into WWl.” WWI? LOL!!

  4. I consider January 6, 2021 as a day infamy these people are DOMESTIC TERRORIST and should be jailed for life or receive the death penalty for their treasonous behavior.

  5. The difference between a rebel and a patriot is a matter of perspective. The United States Declaration of Independence states three basic ideas: (1) God made all men equal and gave them the rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; (2) the main business of government is to protect these rights; (3) if a government tries to withhold these rights, the people are free to revolt and to set up a new government. I submit that perhaps the participants in the protest of January 6, 2021 were greatly concerned that the new administration, aka “government” was about to withhold rights that they held dear and that the most demonstrative form of protest was warranted. I would further submit that their fears have proven to be true.

  6. Why fight? Is war the only way to resolve a conflict? No man is the same . Everyone is a individual and everyone is talented and unique. Men join together and build groups of same interests. It’s been like that for centuries. Men like to compete to in a peaceful manner. The problem starts when this competition gets out of control. Emotions overwhelmed and hate or feelings of defeat take over. This point is very important. Stop and think what can happen next as a result of ignorance at this point. This can brake friendships and move in to serious conflict. For some unknown reason man can’t just learn from defeat. To loose those not mean you failed. It’s just a lesson.
    Test of knowledge, strength. If we didn’t fall
    how would we learn to walk ? You learn from your mistakes and become better. That’s the real secret of success. Not to join the other group of men that decided to go the path that leads to hate revenge and destruction just to prove one thing. Again and Again over . They didn’t want to learn.
    War is just a way of control it has no value.
    History is value and culture has value. You want to be a hero right a book. You want to share something with the world grate promote way to unify the world teach people how to resolve problems not create more . Lol those not solve anything. A simple man can survive longer than a one hundred of fools. Should l continue or you get the point. We are born with greatest gift don’t make it go to waste !

  7. Why fight? Is war the only way to resolve a conflict? No man is the same . Everyone is a individual and everyone is talented and unique. Men join together and build groups of same interests. It’s been like that for centuries. Men like to compete to in a peaceful manner. The problem starts when this competition gets out of control. Emotions overwhelmed and hate or feelings of defeat take over. This point is very important. Stop and think what can happen next as a result of ignorance at this point. This can brake friendships and move in to serious conflict. For some unknown reason man can’t just learn from defeat. To loose those not mean you failed. It’s just a lesson.
    Test of knowledge, strength. If we didn’t fall
    how would we learn to walk ? You learn from your mistakes and become better. That’s the real secret of success. Not to join the other group of men that decided to go the path that leads to hate revenge and destruction just to prove one thing. Again and Again over . They didn’t want to learn.
    War is just a way of control it has no value.
    History is value and culture has value. You want to be a hero right a book. You want to share something with the world grate promote way to unify the world teach people how to resolve problems not create more . Lol those not solve anything. A simple man can survive longer than a one hundred of fools. Should l continue or you get the point. We are born with greatest gift don’t make it go to waste !

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