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'the Pearl Harbor Conspiracy' Who Was At Fault? Was It A Suprise Or Was It Known In Advance?

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In the early morning of December 7, 1941 the bombing of Pearl Harbor took place. There was a total of 2,403 Americans killed and President Franklin Delano Roosevelt knew of the attack and did nothing to stop it. He permitted Japan to carry on the attack. There is proof that the president knew of the attack months before it actually took place. He is directly responsible for the lives lost. The U.S. was warned by, at least, the governments of Australia, Korea, Britain, Netherlands, and the Soviet Union that a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor was coming. The attack was not only expected but it was welcomed! FDR deliberately mislead the country about his intentions to stay out of the war and baited the Japanese into attacking. Showing you the facts, will leave no doubt in your mind that he knew of the attack, allowed it, and covered up his knowledge. Young adults entering a U.S. history course will have advanced knowledge, of the Pearl Harbor bombing after reviewing the information presented in this paper."For the United States, World War II lasted 1,351 days, but the nation's greatest defeat took only 110 minutes. In about two hours, Japanese planes from the strike force Kido Butai hit hard at the Pacific Fleet in Pearl Harbor and at other military installations scattered across the Hawaiian island of Oahu" (La Forte xi).A paralyzing blow struck Pearl Harbor. Japanese bombers, winging in from distant aircraft carriers, attacked on the 'Black Sunday' morning of December 7, 1941. On December 4, silent and undetected several hundred miles northwest of Hawaii, Japans sprawling flotilla of nearly three dozen ships pivoted from it's easterly course to a southeasterly bearing. On the morning of December 6, they completed their final refueling. December 7, just before 6:00 A.M., 183 planes had lifted from the decks of six carriers and were shaping their triangular formations for the first attack wave. Fifty-one dive-bombers made up the high squadron, with forty-nine level bombers below, and forty torpedo planes below them. The second attack wave had been launched about an hour later, about 350 aircrafts. For more than an hour, bombs and bullets pelted down on the unmaneuverable American battleships. The thump of exploding torpedoes, the shriek of the bombs, the spit of bullets, the licking flames and oily black smoke over Battleship Row, where the Arizona exploded and the Oklahoma lay belly up. Bleeding, mangled, charred, the wounded cried out in agony. Corpses floated in the harbor and came to rest nose down in the sand. When the last Japanese plane soared off, eighteen U.S. naval vessels including eight battleships had been sunk or heavily damaged. More than 180 aircrafts were destroyed, and another 120 crippled. 2,403 men were dead- 1,103 of them entombed in the battleship 'Arizona', which sank almost instantaneously when a bomb exploded. Another 1,178 men were wounded (Lord).President FDR always had a style of accommodating to himself. It was his way or...

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