Sunday, December 7, 2014

December 7, 1941: A Date Which Will Live In Infamy

-Charles Burris
“Court Historians” are the intellectual bodyguards of the State. They shape and defend the “official line” or interpretation on the State’s wars, its presidential regimes, or other key historical events and public policies. As a result they enjoy high esteem and recognition in the mainstream media and academia. As defenders of the status quo they frequently attack and label their critics as “conspiracy theorists,” “revisionists,” “isolationists,” “appeasers,” “anti-intellectuals,” or other boogie men, rather than engage in civil discourse or discussion.

As the late economist/historian Murray N. Rothbard noted:
All States are governed by a ruling class that is a minority of the population, and which subsists as a parasitic and exploitative burden upon the rest of society. Since its rule is exploitative and parasitic, the State must purchase the alliance of a group of “Court Intellectuals,” whose task is to bamboozle the public into accepting and celebrating the rule of its particular State. The Court Intellectuals have their work cut out for them. In exchange for their continuing work of apologetics and bamboozlement, the Court Intellectuals win their place as junior partners in the power, prestige, and loot extracted by the State apparatus from the deluded public. The noble task of Revisionism is to de-bamboozle: to penetrate the fog of lies and deception of the State and its Court Intellectuals, and to present to the public the true history of the motivation, the nature, and the consequences of State activity. By working past the fog of State deception to penetrate to the truth, to the reality behind the false appearances, the Revisionist works to delegitimize, to desanctify, the State in the eyes of the previously deceived public.
The thirty items listed here addressing the December 7, 1941 Japanese attack upon Pearl Harbor which precipitated America’s formal intervention into the Second World War are by noted critics of the official “establishment consensus” point of view as well as by hagiographic “court historians.”

-Laurence M. Vance
John T. Flynn on Roosevelt and Pearl Harbor

“Yesterday, December 7, 1941 — a date which will live in infamy — the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.” ~ Franklin Roosevelt

The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor was what actively and officially put the United States into the Second World War. Without war against Japan, any conflict with Germany could conceivably have been limited to naval engagements. But was the sudden attack a surprise to Roosevelt? Was the deliberate attack “utterly unprovoked” like Secretary of State Cordell Hull said it was?

There have been many essays, chapters in books, and whole books written over the years on the subject of Roosevelt’s duplicity and culpability regarding the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The most recent one, I believe, is George Victor’s The Pearl Harbor Myth: Rethinking the Unthinkable (Potomac Books, 2007). The best one is probably Robert Stinnett’s Day Of Deceit: The Truth About FDR and Pearl Harbor (Free Press, 2000). I provide a detailed list in my Rethinking the Good War (Vance Publications, 2009), as well as concluding that the attack on Pearl Harbor was but the climax of a long series of events. It was neither a surprise nor unprovoked.

The United States had waged economic warfare against Japan by restricting exports, instituting an embargo, and freezing assets. The American pilots known as the Flying Tigers secretly trained in the jungles of Southeast Asia to fly bombing missions for the Chinese Air Force. The U.S. Pacific Fleet was moved from the West Coast to Pearl Harbor. Although the Japanese diplomatic and naval codes were broken, vital information was withheld from the commanders at Pearl Harbor, General Walter Short and Admiral Husband Kimmel. Both men were made scapegoats, relieved of their commands, demoted in rank, and denied an opportunity to defend themselves. The McCollum memo’s proposals, which were all implemented by Roosevelt, were designed to provoke Japan into war as a backdoor way to get the United States involved in the European war. Admirers of FDR — past and present — admit that he “lied us into war.” Roosevelt sacrificed American lives to become a war president.

It is time to rethink Pearl Harbor.