August 30, 2002

The Independent, one of the twin pillars of Britain's loony left (The other is The Guardian), appears to be blaming the Pearl Harbor attack on the United States.

I'm not making this up.

You have to read the article to fully appreciate the mind-blowing revisionism at work here; they are forgetting the fact that the sub was found just outside Pearl Harbor (where it might have been carried by the currents, and had no business being in any case) and the SIX JAPANESE AIRCRAFT CARRIERS that launched a surprise attack on the Pacific Fleet, before a formal declaration of hostilities between the US and Japan.

(Link courtesy of Trojan Horseshoes, from Midwest Conservative Journal.)

posted on August 30, 2002 06:18 PM


Well, the _charitable_ reading would be that the US "started the BATTLE" by shooting the sub first, but I didn't detect anything but the fuzzy use (and probably, given the consistent bias at the Independent, they literally didn't even notice it) of "starting the battle"... one can "start" a battle by firing the first shot and still not be "blamed" for it.

Even the Independent doesn't seem to be crazy enough to say "the Innocent Japanese were just sitting there harmlessly not planning to attack, when the US sunk their little attack sub and *forced* them to destroy the Pacific Fleet."

But, hey - if they paid careful attention to neutral wording, would they be the Independent?

posted by Sigivald on August 30, 2002 10:12 PM

Don't you think it might be possible that the US knew something was up though? Before the attack on Pearl Harbor? I don't believe we started it, but I also don't buy that we did all we could to prevent it and that maybe we even wanted/needed an excuse to get in.

posted by peat on August 31, 2002 06:03 PM

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