Yesterday, December 7, Pearl Harbor Day, came and went. It was barely mentioned by our local Atlantic City newspaper. It was not mentioned at all in most national TV, radio, or online news – or in our public schools or colleges.
Most older Americans remember December 7 as “A Date That Will Live In Infamy”. That is what President Franklin Roosevelt called it in his speech to Congress the following day.
Rescuers search for survivors on sunken US Battleships West Virginia and Tennessee shortly after Japanese sneak attack.
December 7 came and went last Monday. Our local Press of Atlantic City barely mentioned it. The national radio, TV, and online media didn’t report the historical significance of that date at all. Most Americans over age 50 remembered that on that date in 1941, Japanese planes attacked our biggest navy base in Hawaii, without warning, while our nations were at peace. They killed more than 2,403 service members and 49 civilians. They sunk or damaged 21 US ships. They destroyed or severely damaged all eight of our battleships there. More than 1,100 men were killed on the USS Arizona alone. They did this while top Japanese government officials were publicly saying how much they wanted peace and friendship with the United States and while their diplomats were having friendly discussions with our top officials to resolve our differences in Washington, D.C.
Most Americans younger than age 50 know nothing about this. That is because our media, and pop-culture and schools and colleges haven’t told this story since the movie Tora Tora Tora was released in 1970. Since then, they only told stories about Hiroshima and Nagasaki. They usually do this every August 6 and August 9. That was when America exploded atomic bombs above those two Japanese cities in 1945 to end almost four years of war with Japan.
This year’s election proved how dangerous it is to allow such distorted fake history to be taught unchallenged. Most young Americans today believe there was no reason for America to use atomic bombs and kill people in those cities. They see this as yet more proof that America then was always a nation run by hateful, violent white male racists. Because of that, they support “progressive” Democrats like Barack Obama who promise to “fundamentally transform America” into a “woke” society based on “social justice”. This is why they hate anyone who says he or she wants to “make America great again”.
The only way to save America is to somehow teach young people the truth about America and how to recognized the lies they have been systematically taught since childhood. That can begin only by teaching our own children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews. A good way to do this is by using days like December 7 to share posts like this or mention a few facts they never learned from the media, school, college, or Hollywood or TV movies. Here are twelve important, but ignored truths about December 7 and Pearl Harbor you might want to mention:
- The Imperial Japan that ambushed America in 1941 was as evil as Nazi Germany, which declared war on us four days later. For roughly fifty years, beginning in 1890, the Japanese military ran the government, and systematically indoctrinated most of Japan’s people to believe that they were superior and chosen by their Emperor/God to rule the world. As with those who embrace Islamic Jihad, most Japanese believed that dying for their Emperor was the most noble purpose in life, and that the lives of anyone not Japanese were insignificant. Because of that, Japan spent most of its wealth and energy building, training, and equipping one of the most modern and powerful armies and navies in the world. In 1895, Japan seized the island nation of Formosa (now Taiwan) from China. In 1905, Japan attacked Russia without warning. It destroyed most of its navy and seized much of its territory. In 1910, Japan attacked and occupied Korea. In 1931, Japan attacked and occupied the Chinese province of Manchuria. In 1937, Japan began a barbaric war of extermination to occupy all of China.
In November, 1937, the official Japanese Army newspaper published the above account of the “friendly competition” between two of its officers. After Japan surrendered, both officers were arrested and executed for their war crimes.
- During the summer of 1937, Japan attacked and occupied the large Chinese cities of Beijing and Shanghai. Japanese planes killed tens of thousands of civilians by bombing cities and roads crowded with refugees. That November, the Japanese army marched 200 miles west to the Chinese capital of Nanking. Japanese soldiers systematically raped every woman, and killed and robbed almost every man, woman and child they found along the way. That brutality continued when they finally conquered and occupied Nanking in December. It is estimated that roughly 300,000 unarmed men, women, and children were murdered by Japanese soldiers between December 1937 and April of 1938. However, because the city was crowded with an unknown number of refugees, the number could be much higher. In 1941, after suffering several defeats from the Chinese army, Japanese commanders began a systematic policy of the “Three Alls”. Every Japanese soldier in China was ordered to “Kill all. Burn all. Loot all.” It is estimated that an additional 2.7 million unarmed Chinese were murdered under this policy.
- During the 1937 Japanese occupation, several dozen Americans, British, and Germans living in Nanking risked their lives to document and tell the outside world of these Japanese atrocities. They did it through interviews of survivors, photos, and motion pictures. A typical account was this one prepared by John Rabe, a respected German businessman member living in Nanking. At that time, the governments of Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan were on very friendly terms and were negotiating an alliance.
“On December 13, (1937), about 30 soldiers came to a Chinese house at No. 5 Hsing Lu Koo in the southeastern part of Nanking, and demanded entrance. The door was open by the landlord, a Mohammedan named Ha. They killed him immediately with a revolver and also Mrs. Ha, who knelt before them after Ha’s death, begging them not to kill anyone else. Mrs. Ha asked them why they killed her husband and they shot her. Mrs. Hsia was dragged out from under a table in the guest hall where she had tried to hide with her 1 year old baby. After being stripped and raped by one or more men, she was bayoneted in the chest, and then had a bottle thrust into her vagina. The baby was killed with a bayonet. Some soldiers then went to the next room, where Mrs. Hsia’s parents, aged 76 and 74, and her two daughters aged 16 and 14 [were]. They were about to rape the girls when the grandmother tried to protect them. The soldiers killed her with a revolver. The grandfather grasped the body of his wife and was killed. The two girls were then stripped, the elder being raped by 2–3 men, and the younger by 3. The older girl was stabbed afterwards and a cane was rammed in her vagina. The younger girl was bayoneted also but was spared the horrible treatment that had been meted out to her sister and mother. The soldiers then bayoneted another sister of between 7–8, who was also in the room. The last murders in the house were of Ha’s two children, aged 4 and 2 respectively. The older was bayoneted and the younger split down through the head with a sword.” Nanjing Massacre – Wikipedia
- America was the only country in the world that forcefully stood up to Japan and demanded that they stop these atrocities. We refused to sell oil, steel, rubber, tin, or other war materials to Japan. We publicly denounced their conduct. We helped the Chinese defend themselves.
- In 1941, Japan responded by publicly stating they respected us and wanted peace with America. The sent diplomats to Washington, D.C. They had months of friendly discussions on how to reach a peaceful settlement. While this was going on, the Japanese government spent a full year planning and preparing for a surprise attack to destroy our navy and air forces in Hawaii and the Philippines.
- The Pearl Harbor attack was planned by Admiral Yamamoto. Like so many Communist Chinese leaders today, Yamamoto was educated at Harvard University in Boston Massachusetts. He also travelled extensively throughout the United States. One of the reasons the Pearl Harbor attack was so effective, was that Yamamoto thoroughly understood American culture, strategy and tactics. Yamamoto at Harvard, and a Harvard Community Garden | Harvard Magazine
- Americans were at peace with Japan, and completely surprised by the attack. Japanese planes killed more than 2,403 service members and 49 civilians in less than two hours. They destroyed 169 US airplanes and destroyed or damaged 21 American warships, including all eight of our battleships. One of them, the USS Arizona, exploded, killing almost all of the 1,100 men aboard.
- During the next three years and nine months, America fought Japan on land and sea. Roughly 112,000 Americans were killed and 253,142 wounded. Yet during August of 1945, the end of the war against Japan was nowhere in sight.
- “Japan’s leaders believed they could make the cost of invading and occupying the Home Islands too high for the Allies to accept, which would lead to some sort of armisticerather than total defeat. The Japanese plan for defeating the invasion was called Operation Ketsugō (決号作戦, ketsugō sakusen) (“Operation Codename Decisive”). The Japanese planned to commit the entire population of Japan to resisting the invasion, and from June 1945 onward, a propaganda campaign calling for “The Glorious Death of One Hundred Million” commenced. The main message of “The Glorious Death of One Hundred Million” campaign was that it was “glorious” to die for the holy emperor of Japan, and every Japanese man, woman, and child should die for the Emperor when the Allies arrived” From Operation Downfall – Wikipedia
- “A study done in 1945 for Secretary of War Henry Stimson’s staff by William Shockleyestimated that invading Japan would cost 1.7–4 million American casualties, including 400,000–800,000 fatalities, and five to ten million Japanese fatalities. The key assumption was large-scale participation by civilians in the defense of Japan”. Also from Operation Downfall – Wikipedia
- I have a personal connection to this. In 1944, my father, Eli Grossman, was a sergeant in the U.S. Army Air Corps assigned to run a weather station at an airbase in the Midwest. At that time, his commander received a directive explaining that the war was likely to last another ten years, and that he was to recommend members of his unit to leave the military and attend college for training in medical, dental, engineering, and other professions that would be needed during the next ten years. That is how my father left the army to attend dental school in Iowa in 1944. However, by so doing, he remained on reserve duty for ten years, and was recalled to active duty when the Korean War began in 1950.
- There is no evidence whatsoever that Japan was prepared to surrender before America destroyed Hiroshima and Nagasaki with atomic bombs in August of 1945. In fact, there is overwhelming evidence that many of Japan’s top leaders were prepared to fight on even afterwards! Click here for YouTube video where Mark Felton makes a compelling argument that a third atomic bomb was almost needed to end the war.
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