70 years ago today, the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, launching America full-fledged into World War II. We’ve been taught that this was a “sneak attack” and forced our peace-loving government to reluctantly enter the war. But as is so often the case, the truth always tends to come out over time. It is now public knowledge that, at a a minimum, Franklin Roosevelt had prior knowledge of this event, thanks to documents released by Freedom of Information Act Requests. Governments provoking or allowing the “enemy” to attack is nothing new, and I could fill this whole blog with examples ranging from Ft. Sumter to the Lusitania, but for now I’ll leave that stuff to the real history professors. You know, like Newt Gingrich.
Regardless of whether or not there was foreknowledge of the Pearl Harbor attack, the issue of who provoked who isn’t quite black and white. In a new book Freedom Betrayed: Herbert Hoover’s History of the Second World War , historian George Nash reveals the long-kept-secret writings of ex-President Herbert Hoover detailing the run up to the attack. You can read Pat Buchanan’s excellent summary, or let me sum it up for you in one sentence: Japan was in dire straits, and trying desperately to reach a peace treaty with the United States and avoid war, while the United States was doing everything in its power to provoke Japan into an attack in order to sell the public on entering the war.
However, I’ll go one step further. Before the attack on Pearl Harbor, the United States was already at war with Japan. Yes, that’s right. The US, though undeclared, had already been engaging in acts of War with Japan, that being economic war, through sanctions and an embargo. Robert Higgs of the Independent Institute explains:
In 1939 the United States terminated the 1911 commercial treaty with Japan. “On July 2, 1940, Roosevelt signed the Export Control Act, authorizing the President to license or prohibit the export of essential defense materials.” Under this authority, “[o]n July 31, exports of aviation motor fuels and lubricants and No. 1 heavy melting iron and steel scrap were restricted.” Next, in a move aimed at Japan, Roosevelt slapped an embargo, effective October 16, “on all exports of scrap iron and steel to destinations other than Britain and the nations of the Western Hemisphere.” Finally, on July 26, 1941, Roosevelt “froze Japanese assets in the United States, thus bringing commercial relations between the nations to an effective end. One week later Roosevelt embargoed the export of such grades of oil as still were in commercial flow to Japan.” The British and the Dutch followed suit, embargoing exports to Japan from their colonies in southeast Asia.
And make no mistake about it, sanctions are an Act of War.
Ok, I know what you’re thinking: “Marc, that’s a wonderful little history lesson and all, but WHAT IN THE NAME OF RICK’S SANTORUM DOES THIS HAVE TO DO WITH IRAN???”
Last week, the Senate unanimously passed sanctions against Iran’s central bank. This move will likely make it much more difficult for foreign companies to pay for oil imports from Iran, and is just another in the list of economic sanctions the United States has placed against Iran.
Of course, it’s not just sanctions. For years the United States has been funding terror groups in Iran to destabilize the regime. Additionally, some combination of the US and Israel have committed multiple acts of war against Iran, be it mysterious explosions on Iranian soil, murders of Iranian nuclear scientists, or sophisticated cyberattacks. And just last week, Iran shot down a US spy drone over its territory. Of course, this is while we have been surrounding Iran on all sides with U.S. Military bases, see below:
We have to ask ourselves: If another country was doing these things on our soil, how would we react? What if North Korea was funding anti-government militias in the US? What if Pakistan was secretly murdering some of our top scientists? What if China invaded Canada and Mexico and setup military bases all along our border and planted their battleships along our coasts? Heck, what if there were armed Chinese troops in Texas?
Clearly the current rulers of Iran are no lions of liberty, but then again we live in a country where American citizens can now be detained indefinitely without trial, so who are we to judge? To get a better understanding of the real reasons behind our involvement in Iran, please take a minute to watch the below video.
Over 60 Million people were killed in World War II. Those that are calling for war with Iran are inciting a situation which could very well spark World War 3. With both Russia and China warning against an attack on Iran, and Russia recently sending a military fleet to the waters of Syria, Iran’s closest ally, a strike against Iran could easily turn into something much larger and uncontrollable.
History has shown time and again that when things get bad and the people get restless, governments often turn to wars and scary foreign enemies to rally the people and distract from the problems at home. Is this why FDR tried so hard to push us into World War II? With Obama trying to do his best FDR impersonation nowadays, let’s all hope that the similarities end with bad economic policies and populist speeches.