What Really Caused
World War 2?
The True Cause of the Second World War
wasn't listening either to the charges of Congressman Martin
Dies, Chairman of the House Committee on Un-American
Activities. By August of 1941, the Dies committee had
assembled a large amount of evidence which more than confirmed
the suspicions which we had entertained on the basis of
surface appearances: It was clear that the Japanese were
preparing to invade Pearl Harbor and that they were in
possession of vital military information.
This information was made
available to the Roosevelt administration by Congressman Dies
personally. But this was the second time that Dies had
appealed to Roosevelt about his knowledge of Japan's intention
to attack Pearl Harbor. Early in 1941 the Dies Committee
came into possession of a strategic map which gave clear proof
of the intentions of the Japanese to make an assault on Pearl
Harbor. The strategic map was prepared by the Japanese
Imperial Military Intelligence Department.
Dies telephoned Secretary
of State Cordell Hull who talked to President Roosevelt.
Congressman Dies was told
not to release the document to the public, and the Roosevelt
administration did nothing. (In April, 1964, when Dies
told the American public of these revelations, he added this
comment: "If anyone questions the veracity and accuracy of
these statements, I will be glad to furnish him with
It was also in August,
1941, when the new product of the I.G. Farben cartel was
tested on humans for the first time. The product was called
Zyklon B and it was to be used on the Jews and others at the
In the Pacific Theater,
Japan's war messages, being read in Washington, started asking
their spy in Pearl Harbor to report ship movements, and,
later, the exact nature and location of the ships in the
Japan's request for more
information on what was happening at Pearl Harbor was followed
on October 16, 1941, by the resignation of the Prince's
cabinet in Japan. These resignations were followed by the
military administration of General Tojo and his cabinet. All
of this activity was recognized by the American government as
a decided step toward war, but still nothing was done to alert
It was on this day that
Henry Stimson, Roosevelt's Secretary of War, wrote the
following in his diary: "... and so we face the delicate
question of the diplomatic fencing to be done so as to be sure
that Japan be put into the wrong and to make the first bad
Stimson was to repeat
this concern that faced the Roosevelt administration when he
testified before one of the Committees investigating Pearl
Harbor. There he was quoted as saying: "The question was how
we should maneuver them [the Japanese] into the position of
firing the first shot without allowing too much danger to
The Japanese would still
not respond with the incident to provoke the United States
into retaliating, but America was convinced that it would
happen ultimately. For instance, Secretary of State Cordell
Hull told Roosevelt on November 7, 1941, that he foresaw
"every possibility of an early war with Japan."
Japan continued its
efforts towards staying out of a war with the United States
and had its Ambassador in Washington continue his efforts
towards securing a no-war treaty with the Secretary of State.
On November 22, 1941, they wired their Ambassador: "Do your
best, spare no efforts and try to bring about the solution we
But even though Japan was
attempting to avoid war with the United States, the Japanese
were being encouraged by an unlikely source to strike out at
the United States. On May 17, 1951, the New York Daily News
featured an article by its Washington correspondent, John
O'Donnell, concerning various old Far Eastern intelligence
reports which were being closely guarded in Washington. Among
those documents were the 32,000 word confession of Soviet spy
Mr. Sorge was a Russian
spy who had infiltrated the German embassy in Japan and worked
hard to convince Japanese officials that Japan should not
attack Russia, but move south, at the risk of war with the
When Sorge informed the
Kremlin [in Russia] in October, 1941, that the Japanese
intended to attack Pearl Harbor within 60 days, he received
thanks for his report and the notice that Washington —
Roosevelt, Marshall, Admiral Stark, et al. — had been advised
of the Japanese intentions.
On November 25,1941, the
day that the Japanese fleet sailed for Pearl Harbor, President
Roosevelt convened a meeting of the various Cabinet officers:
Secretaries Stimson, Knox, Marshall and Admiral Harold R.
Stark, Chief of Naval Operations. According to Stimson's
testimony: "The President brought up the event that we were
likely to be attacked perhaps [as soon as] next Monday, for
the Japanese are notorious for making an attack without
warning. In spite of the risk involved, however, in letting
the Japanese fire the first shot, we realized that in order to
have the full support of the American people, it was desirable
to make sure that the Japanese be the ones to do this so that
there should remain no doubt in anyone's mind as to who were
On November 26, 1941, the
Japanese Embassy in Washington sent the following message to
Tokyo: "Hull said... I am sorry to tell you that we cannot
agree to it [Japan's treaty Proposal]."
The British Intelligence
Service, which had men inside the Japanese diplomatic agencies
in the United States, took the November 26th telegram to Tokyo
as meaning that the "Japanese negotiations off. Services
expect action within two weeks."
And Roosevelt and the
Department of the Army also knew this, as "... a very
important American Army Intelligence officer, in service in
the Far East during 1941... had gained knowledge of the
Yamamoto plan to send a task force to attack Pearl Harbor and
sent three separate messages to Washington revealing this
information, and at least two of these reached the Army files
well before the attack on Pearl Harbor."
Finally, in desperation,
the Japanese government sent a message to their Washington
embassy on December 6, 1941, in essence breaking off all
negotiations with the American government After the message
was intercepted by the American government, de-coded and given
to Roosevelt, he is quoted as saying: "This means war."
Roosevelt now knew that
Japan planned on attacking the United States, but still he did
nothing about warning the American forces at Pearl Harbor.
And on December 7,1941,
Japan launched a "surprise attack."
The American forces were
not prepared for the attack. And the attacking Japanese forces
had orders from Japan to return to Japan should they detect
any evidence that the Americans had been alerted.
As their air force
attacked Pearl Harbor, they reported that the American planes
were having difficulty in getting off the ground.
This was because the
American planes had been grouped in circles, with their
propellers all facing inward as the result of an order by
President Roosevelt. It was reported that Roosevelt had
ordered the planes grouped in this fashion because he feared
"acts of sabotage" against the planes and he was acting to
Since airplanes do not
have a "reverse gear" the grouping of the planes in this
manner made it extremely difficult for them to rapidly get out
of the circle and into the air. One critic of the circling of
these airplanes, Harry Elmer Barnes, has written: "Bunching
the planes in a circle, wing to wing, would [make them]
helpless in the event of a surprise air attack."
circumstance was the make-up of the fleet anchored at Pearl
Harbor at the time of the attack. The Pacific Fleet consisted
of nine battleships and three aircraft carriers along with a
host of smaller ships.
During the attack, the
Japanese sank or seriously damaged eight battleships but no
The American government
had reasoned that the aircraft carriers would have an
extremely important role to play in the type of war they felt
would be waged in the Pacific theater. So all of the aircraft
carriers were moved out of Pearl Harbor and all of the less
valuable battleships were left behind. The battleships were
expendable because most of them had been constructed prior to
or during World War I, which meant that they were old and
Along with the aircraft
carriers, Roosevelt's government also withdrew the smaller,
more mobile ships that they knew could be more efficiently
utilized in a sea war. On November 28th, Admiral William F.
Halsey was sent to Wake Island with the carrier Enterprise,
three heavy destroyers and nine destroyers. On December 5th,
Admiral John E. Newton was sent to Midway with the carrier
Lexington, three heavy cruisers and five destroyers. The
carrier Saratoga had been sent to the Pacific Coast.
Admiral Husband Kimmel,
the commander of the naval forces at Pearl Harbor, clearly
places the blame for Pearl Harbor's unpreparedness on
President Roosevelt. He has written: "We were unready at Pearl
Harbor because President Roosevelt's plans required that no
word be sent to alert the fleet in Hawaii."
The Rt Hon. Oliver
Lyttleton, a member of Churchill's war cabinet, declared in an
address to the American Chamber of Commerce in London on June
24, 1944: "America provoked [the Japanese] to such an extent
that the Japanese were forced to attack Pearl Harbor. It is a
travesty of history to say that America was forced into the
The Council on Foreign
Relations published an article in its publication called
Foreign Affairs in January, 1974, that agreed with Lyttleton.
The article stated that "Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor
actually thrust the United States into World War II, but the
Roosevelt administration decided a year and a half earlier to
risk war in order to prevent the totalitarian domination of
So on December 8, 1941,
President Roosevelt asked the Congress to declare war on
Japan, stating that December 7, 1941 would go down in history
as a "day of infamy."
So when Roosevelt addressed the nation
through his speech in Congress, he lied when he said: "We
don't like it — and we didn't want to get in it — but we are
in it and we're going to fight it with everything we've got."
So Roosevelt asked for,
and received, a Declaration of War against Japan. Germany
followed on December 11th with a Declaration of War against
the United States. This action was in accordance with the
terms of the Tripartite Treaty signed earlier by Germany,
Italy and Japan.
Roosevelt's activities in
the planning of Pearl Harbor had a costly price. The
final toll was 2,341 U.S. servicemen dead and 1,143 wounded;
eighteen ships including the eight battleships were sunk or
heavily damaged; more than two hundred Army Air Corps and Navy
planes were destroyed or unusable; and sixty-eight civilians
For his supposed
unpreparedness at Pearl Harbor, Admiral Kimmel was relieved of
his command, and he retired on January 7, 1942.
After the war was over.
Congress looked into the reasons for the lack of preparation
at Pearl Harbor. Their conclusions are most revealing:
The attack was
unprovoked by America;
There was no evidence
that the President, Secretary of State, Secretary of War,
Secretary of Navy, provoked the attack;
The American government
made every effort to avoid the war with Japan;
The attack was caused
by the Army's and Navy's failure to detect hostile forces;
The errors made were
errors of judgment and not derelictions of duty.
The last conclusion was
apparently intended to relieve the commanders of the armed
forces from responsibility so that they could not be court-martialed.
Admiral Kimmel and General Walter C. Short, the commander of
the armed forces at Pearl Harbor, continuously pleaded for a
court martial to clear their reputations, but they were never
Admiral Robert Theobold,
the Commander of all destroyers at Pearl Harbor, wrote a book
entitled The Final Secret of Pearl Harbor, in which he
detailed his conclusions about the "surprise attack." He
forced Japan to war and enticed them to initiate hostilities
by holding the Pacific fleet in Hawaiian waters as an
invitation to that attack;
The plans to use Pearl
Harbor as the bait started in June, 1940;
War with Japan meant
war with Germany; and
Roosevelt, Marshall and
Stark knew about Pearl Harbor 21 hours before the attack.
But in spite of all of
this evidence that the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor was
known by Roosevelt and his top advisors well in advance of
that actual event, there are those who still hold to the
position that the government, and Roosevelt specifically, knew
nothing about it.
So America now had a two-front war
against Japan in the Pacific and against Germany in Europe.
Just as planned!
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