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Re: Thoughts
Posted By: Lucky Wizard, on host
Date: Monday, September 17, 2001, at 21:36:51
In Reply To: Re: Thoughts posted by Dave on Monday, September 17, 2001, at 10:15:49:

> > > I think he's one of those people who actually
> >>think Roosevelt called up Hirohito and
> >>said "Look, my people don't want to go to war,
> >>and I think we should. So could you please
> >>come bomb the crap out of us or something so
> >>the American people will support going to war?"
> >> It's amazing what people will believe.
> >>
> >> -- Dave
> >
> > Well hey. It worked for Otto von Bismark.
> >
> > winter"He convinced Prussia to declare war on
> >Germany, who then promptly beat the snot out of
> >them"mute
> Heh. True enough. I guess I should make it clear that I don't think the US had absolutely *no* warning about the attack on Pearl Harbor before it happened. I think it's been proved that we at least knew the Japanese were up to *something* big. I think the result was more typical American complacency--we didn't *really* think they'd dare attack us, so we didn't do a whole lot with the warning signs we got. It's an unfortunate affect of being the strongest nation on the planet and having two large oceans as a buffer between us and anyone who would normally want to harm us. We honestly think nobody would *dare* attack us, and even if we did believe they would attack us, we don't think they can do it effectively because we're so far away from them.
> We got proven wrong on December 7th 1941 and again on September 11th 2001.
> -- Dave

Whoops, you guys were right. I misremembered something I'd read earlier.

Lucky "probably should have double-checked before making that post" Wizard