The attack on Pearl Harbour on December 7, 1941

The attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941

On December 7, 1941, the Japanese attacked the US Naval Base at Pearl Harbor.

The attack resulted in the deaths of 2,402 people along with 1,282 wounded.

Four U.S. Navy battleships (two of which were raised and returned to service later in the war) were sank and four more were damaged. The Japanese also sank or damaged three cruisers, three destroyers, one minelayer, and 188 aircraft.

Multiple government-sponsored inquiries were held after World War II and Admiral Kimmel and General Short, the two senior commanders at Pearl Harbor, were unofficially blamed for the losses. But later investigations by independent researchers found that Roosevelt and the US military were complicit in provoking the Japanese to attack.

According to Robert Stinnett, author of the book Day of Deceit, Roosevelt and his top advisors knew that Japanese warships were heading toward Hawaii. Stinnett argues that FDR had previously instigated a policy intended to provoke a Japanese attack. The plan was outlined in a U.S. Naval Intelligence secret strategy memo of October 1940. (Click here to read the memo that instigated the attack on Pearl Harbor). Roosevelt immediately began implementing the memo’s eight steps which included deploying U.S. warships in Japanese territorial waters and imposing a total embargo intended to strangle Japan’s economy.

The military had also broken the Japanese code and knew when and where the attack would take place. FDR and America’s top military leaders deliberately avoided informing Kimmel and Short that an attack was imminent. Instead they sacrificed thousands of men and women at Pearl Harbor so they could take the country to war.

Sixty years later George Bush would write in his diary regarding the events of 9/11 that –

“The Pearl Harbor of the 21st century took place today.”