U.S. Provocations into the Bombing of Pearl Harbor and The Knowledgeable FDR Administration

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December 7th, 1941 was the date of a horrific attack on a United States naval base in a harbor in Hawaii. On that day the harbor was attacked by both the air and sea. As about 350 Japanese aircraft flew over the naval harbor, out of their planes dropped bombs (Pearl Harbor day of infamy, 2013). With the help of Japanese submarines, they both would damage 8 battle ships, with 4 of them sunk in the harbor. On that day about 2,403 Americans were tallied up in the casualties, and over 1,178 navy and civilians were wounded. As people say the bombing of Pearl Harbor was a surprise attack from the Japanese — or was it? Some people believe that the United States provoked the attack on Pearl Harbor so that the U.S. could get into the war and …show more content…
Japan especially felt like they were just as much of a world power as Britain and America. The U.S. proposed an idea that would limit the number of tons of steel used for warships and it would set up a ratio system of how many tons of steel one country could use to build a warship and the other counties would have a ratio of how much steel of that they could use (The Washington Naval Conference). France and Italy could both have about 1.67 tons and Japan could have 3 tons of steel to use to the United States’ and Britain’s 5 tons of steel built. So the ratio was 5: 5: 3: 1.67: 1.67 and their countries U.S: GB: Japan: France: Italy, respectively. This became known as the 5-Power Treaty; it was also known as the Washington Naval Treaty. Japan believed they should be a part of the 5 tons instead of the United States. Japan argued that since they were an island, they should have the right to have a strong navy to protect their country and they needed the tonnage to build the ships. Nothing changed except the increasing anger that Japan had for the United States. Tensions began to rise between the U.S. and Japan.
Japan had attacked smaller countries around China around the late 1930s (Buchanan, 2001). Then Japan moved to around the Indo-China area in

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