This paper analyzed Editors’ (2012) view of the causations of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and the planning of the Japanese and U.S. military commanders on the attack of Pearl Harbor. Also, this paper will suggest that World War II started in Japan years before historians believe the war was initiated in Europe. Japan’s early aggression to its neighboring countries has significant and critical causations of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Editors (2012) suggested that Japan was drawn to wage war with the U.S. and the European due to their imperialistic ambitions. Japan’s ambitions were a dangerous notion that led to their demise. Editors (2012) also provided the U.S. military commanders ill assumption of the Japanese and its ill defenses. This paper will discuss the key military commanders and their strategic view before the attack. In addition, Burbeck’s (2003) article supported the notion of the Japanese goals and the relationship of Japan’s ambitions to push the western influence in Asia. Burbeck’s article provided the Japanese concept of operations on Pearl Harbor. This paper will highlight the key reasons of why the attack on Pearl Harbor was flawed.
The Battle of Pearl Harbor
December 7, 1941 was a turning point of the 20th century in history. The world was changed forever by the attack on Pearl Harbor. In less than two hours, two squadrons of Japanese planes had paralyzed the United States Pacific naval forces. World War II captured my imagination of the causation of the events in Pearl Harbor and to understand the nations involved in this war. This paper will examined Japan’s background, reasons, and the goals on the attack on Pearl Harbor. The paper will also expose the reasons why Pearl Harbor was so ill defended.
I‘ve always asserted that World War II started when Germany invaded Poland in 1939. I overlooked the fact that Japan was already at war with its neighboring countries since 1932. Japan invaded Manchuria in 1932 and China in 1937. These small conflicts ultimately led to war with the rest of the western powers in Asia. Following Japan’s aligning itself with the Axis powers (Germany & Italy); I suspect that the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor was pre-meditated years before it happened. In order to understand Japan’s motivation to go to war with the U.S., I needed to analyze the Japanese imperialistic view. Japan had the notion that western domination of Asia must end and a new Asian order must evolved. Japan’s ambitions were fueled by the need of raw materials and natural resources. In response, the U.S. froze Japan’s assets and imposed stringent economic sanctions against Japan. Editors (2012) related that Japan’s main ambition was an empire centered on China and continental eastern Asia; this resource squeeze forced it to look southward. The dilemma with this ambition puts Japan to target the colonies held by the old colonial European powers. Japan understood that waging war with Britain and other...