Was Peal Harbor a True Surprise or Were the Americans Asking For It?
On December 7th, 1941 in Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.A., Pearl Harbor naval base was attacked by the Imperial Japanese Navy. Although the Pearl Harbor attack was a surprise to American citizens, the government should have seen it coming and were 'asking for it.' In December of 1939, a few months after World War II started, the United States refused to give Japan any technical information on the production of aviation fuel. Later, in 1940, the United States cut off all oil exports to Japan and left the Japanese enraged. The US increased exports and financial aid to China, rivals with Japan, as Japan had conquered former Chinese territory, Manchuria, in 1931.
(0:00 - 1:13)
This left the Japanese feeling bitter toward the Americans. Alongside with the cut off in oil exports, the US decided to extend their airforce to the Phillipines, and towards Austrailia so they could create a chain of from Hawaii all of the way to Austrailia. Japanese Prime Minister, Tojo Hideki, saw that the Americans were anticipating war so he made a proposal that:
1) the United States would not interfere with the conflict between China and Japan
2) the United States would start up oil exports again
... and Japan will refrain from war and keep peace with the Americans. When the United States refused this proposal, they should've prepared for the consequences because the Japanese made it clear that they were ready to fight.
Pearl Harbour and 9/11
The 9/11 attacks are a modern connection to the Pearl Harbour attacks because in both cases, there are theories that the American government was 'asking' for booth attacks. September 11th, 2001, 4 planes hijacked by extremist group al Qaeda flew 2 of the planes into the World Trade Centers in New York, 1 into the Pentagon in Washington D.C., and 1 crashed into a field in Pensylvannia. There are many conspiracies that the Americans were asking for the attacks by reports indicating that the American government was going to send troops to Afgahanistan 2 months before the attacks, because of a refusal for a pipeline, which would transport oil and natural gas from the Caspian Sea region to the Indian Ocean through Afghanistan and Pakistan to the US (notice how both theorized motives for the Americans summoning the attacks are oil related). Like Pearl Harbour, it is speculated that the 9/11 attacks were the fault of the United States since they threatened to moblize in countries who weren't afraid to fight back. 9/11 and Pearl Harbour also can be connected because of the Americans 'asking for it', since it is also speculated for both incidents that the US was looking for a loop-hole into entering war (Pearl Harbour; WWII, 9/11; War in Afghanistan). All in all, the 9/11 attacks can be connected to Pearl Harbour since it is speculated that the Americans were 'asking' for both attacks.
Adams, John. Pearl Harbor. Digital image. Attacks in the Navy Yard Area. WebMaster, 31 Jan. 2009.Web. 11 Dec. 2014.
Kunshiwick, Sandra. Hawaii and Japan. Digital image. Remembering Pearl Harbor. N.p., 4 June 2011.Web. 11 Dec. 2014.
Map of pacific ocean. Digital image. Distance Maps. Weebly, 8 May 2013. Web. 11 Dec. 2014.
Phillips, Jeb. Will 9/11 Be This Generations Pearl Harbor? Digital image.TheColumbus Dispatch. The Dispatch
Printing Company, 8 Dec. 2008. Web. 13 Dec. 2014.
"Pearl Harbor Was NOT a Surprise Attack - Part 3 of 8." YouTube. YouTube, 3 Dec. 2012. Web. 13 Dec.2014.
Stolley, Roger A. "Pearl Harbour Attack No Surprise." Institute for Historical Review. BookLob, 7 Sept.2010. Web. 13 Dec. 2014.
Tanuoe, Shawn. Map of japan and hawaii. Digital image. Tropic Fish Hawaii LLC. LLC, 24 Sept. 2012. Web.11 Dec. 2014.
"9/11 Attacks." HISTORY.com. Historica, 19 Apr. 2012. Web. 13 Dec. 2014.