by Ted Rudow III,MA ( Tedr77 [at] aol.com )
Saturday Dec 6th, 2008 6:56 PM
Americans who went to war to resist the Japanese economic development of Southeast Asia. Probably if they'd left the Japanese alone--and of course if the Japanese had left the Americans alone, which is where they made their biggest mistake, attacking Pearl Harbor--the whole of Southeast Asia would be better off!
Of course the Americans were just waiting for an excuse to go to war with Japan. They had already been fighting a trade war with Japan, which in those days was not much hotter than the one they're fighting with Japan right now! So they were all gung-ho for war, not only the Japanese but the Americans.
It's said that Roosevelt allowed the attack on Pearl Harbor even though he had advance warning of it! The Japanese were too smart, too clever, could make things too cheap and could undersell the Americans all the time. And of course they used the excuse that Japan was conquering the East.
Ted Rudow III,MA