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A date which will live in infamy

Journal Entry: Wed Dec 7, 2011, 10:19 PM
Yesterday, 7 December 1941-a date which will live in infamy-the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.

The United States was at peace with that nation and, at the solicitation of Japan, was still in conversation with its Government and its Emperor looking toward the maintenance of peace in the Pacific. Indeed, one hour after Japanese air squadrons had commenced bombing in Oahu, the Japanese Ambassador to the United States and his colleague delivered to the Secretary of State a formal reply to a recent American message. While this reply stated that it seemed useless to continue the existing diplomatic negotiations, it contained no threat or hint of war or armed attack.

It will be recorded that the distance of Hawaii from Japan makes it obvious that the attack was deliberately planned many days or even weeks ago. During the intervening time the Japanese Government had deliberately sought to deceive the United States by false statements and expressions of hope for continued peace.

The attack yesterday on the Hawaiian Islands has caused severe damage to American naval and military forces. Very many American lives were lost. In addition American ships have been reported torpedoed on the high seas between San Francisco and Honolulu.
Yesterday the Japanese Government also launched an attack against Malaya.

Last night Japanese forces attacked Hong Kong.

Last night Japanese forces attacked Guam.

Last night Japanese forces attacked the Philippine Islands.

Last night Japanese forces attacked Wake Island.

This morning the Japanese attacked Midway Island.

Japan has, therefore, undertaken a surprise offensive extending throughout the Pacific area. The facts of yesterday speak for themselves. The people of the United States have already formed their opinions and well understand the implications to the very life and safety of our nation.

As Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy I have directed that all measures be taken for our defense.

Always will we remember the character of the onslaught against us.

No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people in their righteous might will win through to absolute victory.

I believe I interpret the will of the Congress and of the people when I assert that we will not only defend ourselves to the uttermost but will make very certain that this form of treachery shall never endanger us again.

Hostilities exist. There is no blinking at the fact that our people, our territory, and our interests are in grave danger.

With confidence in our armed forces-with the unbounded determination of our people-we will gain the inevitable triumph-so help us God.

I ask that the Congress declare that since the unprovoked and dastardly attack by Japan on Sunday, 7 December, a state of war has existed between the United States and the Japanese Empire.

Source: Pamphlet No. 4, PILLARS OF PEACE; Documents Pertaining To American Interest In Establishing A Lasting World Peace: January 1941-February 1946. Published by the Book Department, Army Information School, Carlisle Barracks, Pa., May 1943

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stopsigndrawer81 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
if you're an Alex Jones fan, you're probably aware that Pearl harbor attack happened as a result of FDR making a backroom deal with the Japanese government as well as doing everything possible to provoke Japan during 1940-1941 as FDR wanted US in a world war badly and was willing do do every dirty trick in the book. FDR wanted war with Germany and japan to protect the world's only communist state and was willing to do things decent people would only describe as treason to get it. Keeping the soviet Union alive ensured the spread of totalitarianism into China, eastern europe, and much of Asia, and was a perfect manufactured excuse for us to begin a "world's policeman" foreign policy.
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GeneralTate Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
ooh FDR was a socialist you bet, and sure he wanted the U.S. in it. Probably to get us out of the great depression and to extend national interest,you bet. World War I i believe was ended the way it was to put instability in the world. They did things to Germany rightfully knowing what could be the result another World War. For example Germany was the most unstable Country after and towards the end of the war and could easily be made a military power with proper funding. Thus Henry Ford going over to Germany to teach the Germans assembly line work.
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stopsigndrawer81 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Exactly. David Rockefeller also funded the germans via swiss banks. Had to keep Germany going enough to make a world war. After all, there would be no united nations without the pretext of preventing another big world war.
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GeneralTate Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Bingo just like the Napoleonic wars, ooh and all the German doctors we kept, most of the bastards should have died or been executed. Minus Vernor Von Bruan The moon would have not been possible. I like Alex but some of the things he talks about I know for a fact are bullshit like Chem trails, and the supposed 10,000 U.S. astronauts dying in testing which is garbage.
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stopsigndrawer81 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
A few things he's said I don't agree with either, but at least he's an honest guy and when he's wrong about something, he'll ussually will coreect himself.
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GeneralTate Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Ya he will
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Shadowblackwolf5 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I believe that was also the only time a foreign nation openly attacked the United States, besides the Japanese up near Alaska, but that was the same war.
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GeneralTate Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You could say that, only ones besides the British
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