Did the Us Provoke the Attack on Pearl Harbor

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The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941 appeared to be quite unexpected to say the least. The American naval fleet on the base of Pearl Harbor suffered a catastrophic blow at the hands of the Japanese army. Ninety minutes after it had all started, the attack was over; more than 2000 Americans had lost their lives, there was over 1000 wounded, a loss of 200 aircraft and the Japanese had managed to sink eighteen ships including five battleships. Compared to the United States of America, the Japanese loss of 29 aircraft and 55 men seemed trivial. Pearl Harbor was left in a state of "dreadful turmoil." However, this attack wasn't as unanticipated as the American public was made to believe, the United States had been trying mercilessly for some time to find a means of entrance into the European war. A pre-war poll showed that 88 percent of Americans opposed the involvement of the United States of America in the European war, thus Franklin D. Roosevelt could not enter the United States in the war without losing his popularity and most likely the next election; though he had gone on the record as saying "I have said this before, but I shall say it again and again and again: Your boys are not going to be sent into any foreign wars." This led Roosevelt into an active campaign aimed to backdoor the United States of America into the European war, all the while ensuring the support of the American public; Pearl Harbor was exactly what did it. It was this attack that gave the government of the United States of America what they wanted all along, an entrance into the European war without facing the wrath of the American public.

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