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The reason they attacked Pearl Harbor

By November 17, 2010

EDITOR:

I have never seen a person push a losing argument further than Mr. James Longhofer so maybe we can put this to bed now. He states that had we lost Midway the West Coast could have been invaded and we’d be speaking Japanese west of the Mississippi.

Now let’s move from fantasy back to reality.

As I stated before and Mr. Longhofer confirmed in his letter the Japanese army was fully committed in the acquisition of the empire it had embarked on in the early 1930s. This consisted of the Philippines, China, Korea and Southeast Asia. Also Admiral Yamamoto was on record as saying that invasion of the continental U.S. was insane as there would be a rifle behind every blade of grass. Getting bogged down in a land war on a large continent that it had no hope of holding was not on the Japanese agenda. What would have happened if we had lost Midway is that our ability to win the Pacific war would probably have been eliminated, which would have allowed Japan to complete the project it had started many years earlier and you would have had a massive Japanese empire consisting of almost all of Asia. Their whole reason for attacking Pearl Harbor was to keep us from hindering or stopping them from completing their quest for empire.

I have no idea what tack Mr. Longhofer will take from here but given his history it should be entertaining.

GEORGE ALGER

Placerville

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