World War II: The Biggest Conflict of Our History

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Conflict of the Pacific Fleet

The conflict that exists between two parties is detailed and extremely hard to understand each part of a specific conflict. When discussing a major conflict it is easy to point out that Wars have been an example of a major conflict. The pacific fleet was between the United States and Japan. However, there were many people involved which led to one of the biggest conflicts of our history, World War II. The US Position

The United States would be considered the establishment in this conflict. The United States was neutral, trying to stay out of the war, hoping to minimize deaths. The Neutrality Act was passed by the U.S. Congress and signed by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in Aug., 1935. The Neutrality Act was designed to keep the United States to ban shipment of war materiel to enemies at the discretion of the President, and by forbidding U.S. citizens from traveling on enemy ships except at their own risk. The need for this legislation came about from the conviction of many Americans that U.S. entry into World War I had been a mistake. Although the United States said they were neutral, Japan had felt other wise and continued to agitate them. Agitation exists when there are people outside the normal decision making establishment, advocate significant social change, and encounter a degree of resistance within the establishment. The United States was also the control, because of its responses to the agitation. Tensions between the two countries can be traced back to 1915, when Japan issued Twenty One Demands on China. These demands were an ultimatum to the Chinese government, it would have been considered to be giving Japan a privileged status in certain parts of the country. This was a conflict with the policy of the United States toward China, because the Open Door Policy stated all countries were to respect Chinese sovereignty and enjoy equal access to Chinese trade. Japan’s interest in China conflicted with the United States’ interest. Because Japan lacked in natural resources, the Japanese leaders refused to back down before the US. Japan had sent its troops in China and the US demanded Japan to withdraw from there. To make Japan comply with it, the US imposed the oil embargo on Japan. As a result, the Japanese leaders had to make a decision about the nation’s course of action, whether they should accept the US demand or refused to do so and prepare for the war against the US. Although many Americans did not want to be involved in the war in Europe, President Frankly D. Roosevelt of the US felt that it was his responsibility to assist Great Britain. People feared at the time that if Japan attacked the British colonies in the Pacific region while the Britain was under the attack of Germany it would lead to the collapse of the British Empire. Roosevelt believed that to defend the British in the Pacific region the US should demand Japan to withdraw from China. Japanese Agitating the Establishment

When Japan invaded Asia, the U.S protested, cutting off all exports to Japan. As a result, the Japanese decided to take down the U.S Pacific fleet. Admiral Yamamoto was the designer of the attack on Pearl Harbor and his plan was to cripple the fleet for about eighteen months. His plan was to attack and demolish certain parts of the base and leave the U.S without their powerful ships and aircraft. Japan could then attack and capture the Philippines and Indo-China and secure access to raw material in order to maintain its economic power. Japan sent warnings to the United States but they were ignored. The Japanese sent warnings to the United States through codes. The United States had trouble breaking the codes, but new an attack from Japan was going to happen, but they did not assume it would be Pearl Harbor. They thought it would be on attacks in Asia against the British, where some Americans were. However, the attack on Pearl Harbor was the result of the ongoing conflict between the...
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