This attack was a turning point for the United States because this was one factor that brought them into World War II to fight against the Axis Powers. In conclusion, Japan attacked Pearl Harbor because of their nationalist mentality, America’s embargo of oil to Japan and fearing that the United States will attack them first. The first reason why Japan had attacked Pearl Harbor was because the Japanese had nationalistic and narcissistic political mentality. The Japanese believed the Yamato race was a superior race to the other Asian race(Document A). They also believed they will become the “new order” once Europe and America crumble and become the “old orders”(Document A).
When World War I began, Americans favored President Woodrow Wilson’s stand for remaining neutral. The United States and Britain were allies, so when Germany attempted to quarantine the British Isles tension arose between Germany and the United States. Germany was attacking ships that were traveling to Britain and had attacked and damaged and sunk several U.S. ships. In February 1915, Germany announced it would attack any ships in the waters around Britain. A warning from the German Embassy was published in several newspapers that Americans traveling on British or Allied ships were doing so at their own risk if they entered the war zone.
On January 19, 1917, British intelligence intercepted a telegram sent by Arthur Zimmermann, a German Foreign Minister, to Mexico City. The “Zimmermann Telegram” promised Mexico that Germany would help Mexico get back the territory it had lost to the United States during the Mexican-American War if Mexico would become Allie to Germany. Originally the British were not going to release the telegram to the U.S. but after Germany’s continuation of unrestricted submarine warfare in February, Great Britain decided to use the telegram to help sway U.S. officials and U.S. public opinion to join the war, this is why this event was significant to the U.S. joining the war. But Wilson waited until March 20 before assembling a Cabinet meeting to discuss the telegram, almost a month after he had first seen the
The Nationalists led by Chiang Kai-shek and Communists led by Mao Zedong both aspired to central authority. A renewal of the Chinese civil war followed. Washington sought to apply its standard solution to such civil conflict, but had failed through time (Kissinger 89). In 1949, defeated by the Communists on the mainland, Nationalists troops fall back to the island Taiwan. Through the Chinese Civil war, the United States had been supporting Chiang by transporting the Nationalists troops to northern Chinese cities to preempt the Communist armies from taking the victory of Japanese surrender in World War II (Kissinger 98).
In fact, Ralph A. Bard, Undersecretary of the Navy wrote to Secretary of War Stimson in a June 27, 1945 memorandum. “I define this decision as an emotional and reckless decision, Japanese government may be searching for some opportunity which they could use as a medium of surrender” (Bard). In fact, the Japanese government expressed desire to end the war, and would have accepted conditional surrender before the mainland invasion in November. The reason for dropping the bomb was forcing Japan to surrender unconditionally. In America’s opinion, Japan had lost the war; they did not have any capital to negotiate with.
Topic: Pearl Harbor How did the Japanese attack Pearl Harbor? At the time, the United States were helping Great Britain by supplying them with things they needed while they were in war with the Nazi’s. The United States were pressuring Japan to halt their military necessities in Asia and the Pacific. The president, at that time, Franklin Roosevelt declared war, which led to the United States entering World War 2. Description of Attack.
Furthermore, Truman also uses a didactic/serious tone to educate and persuade the audience about the bombing and the bomb itself. For example, Truman states, “The Japanese began the war from the air at Pearl Harbor. They have been repaid many fold. And the end is not yet. With this bomb we have added a new and revolutionary increase in destruction to supplement the growing power of our armed forces.
Japan wanted to attack Pearl Harbor because it was afraid the US would be able to attack from the Pacific. The United States after the attack started making these JapaneseAmerican Internment Camps which destroyed a lot of families and was unfair in my opinion. Later America decided to use an atomic bomb to end the war with Japan. Japan and the united states had a problem when Japan had taken over a place called Manchuria which was a part of China. Japan had tried to take over the rest of China as well in 1937, but that didn't end up working.
Enraged that the Japanese immigrants were shut out from other countries, like the United States and Canada, they tried to obtain raw materials and markets for Japanese products, Japan then invaded Manchuria in 1931. Ultranationalists worked to rid Japan of democracy and to make the country a one-party state ruled the by the military. The military controlled the Japanese government and Japan was at war with
The alternative for President Franklin D. Roosevelt and his advisors was doing nothing and letting Nazi Germany develop atomic power and going on to use it to conquer the world. The United States of America wanted to end World War II on both the Atlantic and Pacific fronts and needed the quickest possible method to do so. Franklin D. Roosevelt’s advisors concluded that hundreds of thousands of American lives would be lost on an assault on the island of Japan. The U.S. Armed Forces was over 16,000,000 strong and Franklin D. Roosevelt’s main motive for dropping the atom bombs was to save American lives.5 The fact of the matter is World War II was started by the Axis powers which were Germany, Italy and Japan. The Axis powers alone turned Europe upside down.