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  •  The history: (3+ / 0-)
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    September 1940: The U.S. placed an embargo on Japan by prohibiting exports of steel, scrap iron, and aviation fuel to Japan, due to Japan's takeover of northern French Indochina.

     April 1941: The Japanese signed a neutrality treaty with the Soviet Union to help prevent an attack from that direction if they were to go to war with Britain or the U.S. while taking a bigger bite out of Southeast Asia.

    June 1941 through the end of July 1941: Japan occupied southern Indochina. Two days later, the U.S., Britain, and the Netherlands froze Japanese assets. This prevented Japan from buying oil, which would, in time, cripple its army and make its navy and air force completely useless.

    What would Mothra do?

    by dov12348 on Tue May 28, 2013 at 01:56:18 AM PDT

    •  Buying oil.... (0+ / 0-)

      exactly... My grandfather was a US Admiral in the 20s and early 30s (and former Captain of the Battleship Arizona) who wrote extensively on Naval Policy, and he personally knew some major Japanese Admirals from the 20s.

      He warned ten years before Pearl Harbor in a New York Newspaper article that IF Japan was prevented from getting oil they would view that as a line in the sand, so to speak, that their military was worth nothing if they couldn't get oil, since they had almost none locally.

      Thus, if what you wanted was to aggravate Japan and encourage it to be bellicose, denying it oil was the way. On the other hand, the Japanese Military, especially the Navy after the 1905 victory at  Tushima Strait   against the Russians, were strongly emboldened anyway....

      The Russo-Japanese war was settled by the Treaty of Portsmouth NH arranged by US President TR.

      Interestingly, my grandfather was detailed as staff as a young commander for that very event...35 years before Pearl Harbor

      Without geometry, life is pointless. And blues harmonica players suck.

      by blindcynic on Tue May 28, 2013 at 01:05:16 PM PDT

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