Thursday, December 07, 2006

Today is Pearl Harbor Day

Just in case you thought that I missed it.

And I can tell you in detail how certain parts of it could have been avoided, and how, deep down, I kind of think that FDR let it happen to provoke American involvement in WWII.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

FDR let it happen to provoke WWII

I don't think FDR expected Pearl Harbor itself, but there is ample historical evidence to back up the idea that FDR wanted to provoke some kind of Japanese attack.

nate said...

Annie,

I think what you meant was that FDR let it happen to provoke American involvement in WWII. Depending on what historian you go with, WWII started either in 1931 (Japan occupies Manchuria) or in 1939 (Germany occupies Poland). Pearl Harbor was not until 1941.

AnnieGetYour said...

Nate- that is, in fact what I meant. I have changed the post to reflect that. And while the Sino-Japanese portion of WWII can be dated to the Marco Polo incident, I don't know that I would call it the beginning of WWII, as it was not, at that point, a world war. Also, I'm not sure whether, had the Japanese not allied themselves with the Germans (or signed a mutual defense pact) that it would have become so in the Pacific theater.