Tuesday, December 4, 2012
The Hindu : Today's Paper / IN SCHOOL : Qwikipedia
If you could time travel 71 years back to Japan, you would see Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto deep in thought about the attack being planned by the Imperial Japanese Army on the United States. He had chalked out the attack on the harbour of an island in Hawaii in the U.S. after months of planning. The motive was to strike fear into the U.S. through a preventive strike so that the U.S. would not interfere in Japan’s invasion of colonies of Britain, The Netherlands and its own overseas territories. On December 7th, 1941 (Dec. 8 in Japan), the surprise attack left over 2,400 Americans dead and caused massive damage to the naval craft. Japan thought that this was enough to dissuade the U.S. from joining forces against it when it took over The Netherland’s Dutch territory of East Indies (now Indonesia).