Bombing Of Pearl Harbor Attack

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On December 07th 1941 at 0755 hours the entire US Pacific Fleet that included 18 US Ships, 300 airplanes and 42,000 Sailors and Soldiers) moored and stationed at Pearl Harbor, Honolulu Hawaii was abruptly awaken and forced into war by Japanese aerial and naval forces. As the United States had already demonstrated their opposition to Japan’s territory expansion plans into China and Manchuria by openly and directly imposing embargos and blockades that Japan understood it as an obstacle to their economy plans and an act of war against their military forces. Consequently, Pearl Harbor attack changed the course of history and demonstrated that diplomacy effectiveness should only be used when the end result is feasible for both parties. Before the order to attack Pearl Harbor was granted and Japan decided that the war against the United States and the Allied Forces was eminent, Japanese leaders trained their naval and aerial forces months in advance before the attack while they positioned themselves and formed alliances with nations that shared their same vision of expansion through treaties, such as The Tripartite Pact with Germany and Italy in September 27, 1940. “The Imperial Navy, he continued, should fiercely attack and destroy the U.S. main fleet on the outset of the war, so that the morale of the U.S. Navy and her people” would “sink to the extent that it could not be recovered” (Great Disasters Pearl Harbor 48). Furthermore, Japanese leaders while preparing for war continue to utilize diplomacy as a way to mislead their true intentions. “They had agreed on three mayor issues: first, that Japan would indeed continue to prepare for war while diplomatic negotiations continued” “One by one they slipped away, seemingly at random... ... middle of paper ... ...ed Japan to force the U.S. into WWII without clearly proving evidence that U.S. could have avoided the attack in Pearl Harbor through more effective diplomatic strategies and resources. Eventually, the surprise attack in Pearl Harbor was effective but not devastating as Japan intended and Adm. Yamamoto had planned it. Consequently, the U.S. lost 18 battle ships, 300 airplanes and 2,500 Sailors and Soldiers; however, Japan left the oil storage depots, the shipyards, submarines’ docks and all aircraft carriers intact. This allow the U.S. to bounce back quickly into war and Japan rather than obtaining victory realized the sleeping giant that they had awoken. Unfortunately, our U.S. leaders have not learned to avoid diplomacy in the cases with arrogance and radical ideologies are imperative and necessary for those attempting to achieve and cripple our democracy.

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