Pearl Harbor

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Pearl Harbor Death, destruction, and mercilessness do little justice in describing the horrible events that took place on December 7th, 1941. What Pearl Harbor fails to accurately depict is the complexity of the situation. The actual causes of the attack and also the long-term effects that the attack on Pearl Harbor had on the world are some aspects one doesn't see. Was the bombing of Pearl Harbor a success? Who benefited the most in the end? Scholars have long pondered these questions and with descriptions of the preceding events, the actual attack, and post attack events, one can form his/her own conclusion. The path to problems between Japan and America started many years before the attack, in the 1930's when Japan tried to conquer all of China. This was partially successful, with Manchuria and all of Indochina falling to Japanese rule (Infamy). At the same time, the newly appointed commander-in-chief of the Imperial Japanese Navy, Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto felt it necessary to develop a powerful naval air force to combat its enemies since joining Nazi Germany and the Axis Alliance (Infamy). America, alarmed by the imperialistic moves that Japan was making, decided to support China financially and militarily. America developed a program to develop China's power in the pacific. America, led by Franklin D. Roosevelt, placed an embargo on all aviation fuel, steel, scrap iron, and other raw materials to Japan. Then, a crucial event took place on August 17th, 1940; Lieutenant-Colonel Friedman (an American Cryptographer) breaks the secret "Japanese Purple Code (MAGIC)" (Essential Pearl Harbor). America could now decipher some secret m... ... middle of paper ... ...my). Others claim that in the long run, the attack was a success for Japan. The retaliation against Japan after the attack freed it from its dictatorial and corrupt past (Essential Pearl Harbor). As said by F.D.R., the day that will live in infamy forever remains a bitter reminder of the destructive machine called war. America would never be the same after that day, and there wasn't a happy ending to the story. Only more violence, death, and destruction took place. With Germany and Italy declaring war on America, the United States was in store for a long, bloody war that the whole world was tangled up in. Had it not been for this single attack, the course that the war would have taken might have been completely different, and the status of superpower could have been achieved by different nations than ones that did.

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