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Old 08-14-2013, 08:53 AM
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Originally Posted by markg91359 View Post
The real reason Japan lost the war is that they never had a prayer of competing with the United States. Japan's small chain of islands is about the size of California. They had approximately one-half the population America did. Prior to 1868, Japan had been a primitive feudal society. Admiral Perry opened up Japan for trade with America and the country underwent a rapid period of industrialization. This was hardly enough though to "catch up" with America in any sense.

The architect of the attack on Pearl Harbor, Admiral Yamamoto, understood Japan's limitations quite well. He constantly urged the Japanese Foreign Ministry to try to resolve their problems with America peacefully, through negotiation. It was with great reluctance that he planned the attack on Pearl Harbor. He told the Japanese government that in the event of war, he could only guarantee that he could successfully oppose America for one year, after that he would promise nothing in terms of victory or success.

The Battle of Midway took place in May of 1942. In this engagement, the Japanese lost four aircraft carriers to American airstrikes and 350 airplanes. This was a mere six months after Pearl Harbor. In six months, America had turned the war around. Japan never won another battle. In late 1942, America landed forces on the island of Guadalcanal. From Midway onward, we never lost another battle against the Japanese. The Japanese must have seen the "handwriting on the wall" long before the atomic bombs were dropped.

The war was lost because the Japanese never really stood a chance of winning it.
so your unfamiliar with the battle of "savo Island"?
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Old 08-15-2013, 07:29 AM
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As I read through all these posts on this topic, I've been made aware of a sinister aspect of behavior when it comes to interpreting the past. I sense something amiss and an agenda.

Orwell back in his day had an affinity to look insightfully at what he termed, 'the smelly little orthodoxies' of his day. One malodorous situation was the love of Stalin by the British left. They got sucked in big time. As the war recedes into memory, we see another little 'smelly orthodoxies' now as well seeping into historical analysis. This topic sure qualifies. Which leads me to say anyone who has the faintest conception of justice,intellectual honesty and moral truth cannot deny or fault the specific actions of the Allies in defeating the Axis and Japan. I figure Orwell who carried with him a tragic sense of things no doubt would rather have seen Japan defeated than perhaps forever seeing the horror story of a 'boot stamping on the human face-forever'. It's all there in '1984'.
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