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They made it personal. They attacked us first.

  Japan attacked Pearl Harbor when we had done nothing to provoke them, there were also innocent children in Pearl Harbor and it is an eye for an eye. Besides, it is not like the people who died from the explosion weren't warned a luxury we were not given. The US was completely justified.
Anonymous says2013-04-09T20:52:42.940
What about the trade embargo u guys did to Japan.
Anonymous says2013-04-11T18:52:46.787
HAH, No I'm sorry but the U.S. Was the reason the Japanese attacked us. We did in fact provoke them. Let me tell you a bunch of FACTS before you go off in you're rampage of anger and rage trying to tell me otherwise:

Accordingly, the Roosevelt administration, while curtly dismissing Japanese diplomatic overtures to harmonize relations, imposed a series of increasingly stringent economic sanctions on Japan. 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, “In July 31, exports of aviation motor fuels and lubricants and No. 1 heavy melting iron and steel scrap were restricted.” Next, in a move aimed at Japan, 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.”

Finally, 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.
Roosevelt and his subordinates knew they were putting Japan in an untenable position and that the Japanese government might well try to escape the stranglehold by going to war. Having broken the Japanese diplomatic code, the Americans knew, among many other things, what Foreign Minister Teijiro Toyoda had communicated to Ambassador Kichisaburo Nomura on July 31: “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.”

Because American cryptographers had also broken the Japanese naval code, the leaders in Washington knew as well that Japan’s “measures” would include an attack on Pearl Harbor. Yet they withheld this critical information from the commanders in Hawaii, who might have headed off the attack or prepared themselves to defend against it. That Roosevelt and his chieftains did not ring the tocsin makes perfect sense: after all, the impending attack constituted precisely what they had been seeking for a long time. As Stimson confided to his diary after a meeting of the war cabinet on November 25, “The question was how we should maneuver them [the Japanese] into firing the first shot without allowing too much danger to ourselves.” After the attack, Stimson confessed that “my first feeling was of relief ... That a crisis had come in a way which would unite all our people.

So you see? The U.S. Government knew what was coming to them and yet they held the information and LET the Japanese attack them, making it seem like, what the average american would say

"We were just minding our own business when the crazy Japanese, completely without justification, mounted a sneak attack on us, catching us totally by surprise in Hawaii on December 7, 1941."
Anonymous says2013-04-14T20:17:28.833
Agreed ^ the government knew the attack and used it as an excuse to drop atomic bombs to japan to show off their power and nuclear technology.
Anonymous says2013-05-14T18:14:47.160
^ It wasn't nuclear technology, it was an atomic bomb
Anonymous says2013-05-27T23:49:31.027
The amount of ignorance that this anonymous has showed me many things. The first thing relized was how self centered americans can be and how stupid they can be. For starters just because they attacked us first does not mean it is right to go blow up a island. Also the atomic bomb kill 2225000 people were killed or wounded from the bombing also we destroyed fertile land, the japanese did not do such thing. We also learned in frist grade that 2 wrongs dont make a right. In this case some bombs you you dont flattened two islands. My advice to you is to know your facts before you blurt out incorrect information.
ryankm says2013-12-06T15:44:41.707
After reading your post I suddenly feel the urge to listen to the song Karma police by Radiohead. Oh and I also want to stop by an elementary school and survey some first graders on this issue. I have a good feeling that some of them might say something similar to what you said albeit in slightly different words. (Something like: But daddd, they started it!)

Seriously, are you five? The only thing that would justify the bombings is if they were absolutely necessary to end the war and save lives.

You're childish logic that it was justified simply because they drew first blood doesn't hold any water with me and it wouldn't with just about any legal system in the world. If you don't believe me, simply ask a police officer what would happen to you if someone attacked you with a small pocket knife and then you responded by shooting them dead with a .44 magnum handgun. You would have to prove that you used appropriate force, otherwise you would end up in prison for a very long time.
WW2 says2015-04-15T03:05:46.497
"An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind."
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