- Jul 2010
The view of Westerners as a threat, a trade embargo, etc.
However, as Japanese records show, they wouldn't have gone to war if they could obtain oil & metals from the British & Dutch. Had FDR not brought the European allies on board with the embargo, the Japanese could have survived without US oilJapan invaded Indochina specifically because of their war against China, and the US involvement in China's resistance against Japanese invasion played a major role in the Japanese decision to invade the French possessions in Indochina.
The path that lead to the war between USA and Japan didn't begun with the US embargo in the aftermath of the Japanese invasion of Indochina, it actually begun earlier when the US as early as 1938 begun to adopt trade restrictions with Japan because of the war against China.
The US demands were two :But did the Philippines really have any absolutely necessary supplies that could not be gained from Malaysia and Indonesia?
The policy of Japan at the time was specifically to control China. The Greater East Asia Co-prosperity sphere was an organization that was only thought out and seriously conceived by Japanese decision-makers in 1940 or so, after the Second World War was unleashed.The US demands were two :
- immediately withdraw from French Indochina,
- give serious warranty about ending the war in China.
Nothing about Mandchouria, Korea or Taiwan.
The policy of Japon was to implement the Greater East Asia Coprosperity sphere. That entailed to oust western nations from Asia and Pacific.
That is an interesting question. FDR certainly was thinking about war early on but he was boxed in by public opinion and his own assertion that the US would not go to war unless attacked.I often wonder what would the US response have been if the Japanese had NOT attacked Pearl?
If they had taken Wake and Guam, and the Philippines- but left the US fleet alone and not attacked pearl.... would the US populace have seen That as the last straw to get them on a war footing?
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