coaledsweat wrote:I see, so it was a failed US foreign policy that caused the Japanese to invade China. Is that correct?
The act of threatening violence on a group of people under the pretext of trade but with the actual purpose of "force projection" around the globe?
Yes, I believe that it a failure of foreign policy. Especially in light of the people in China, US service members, and the Japanese themselves who were killed as a direct result of it.
You wouldn't accept China over here with warships demanding a military base in the USA would you?
So Japan goes from isolationist to imperialist. They live on an island with few and limited natural resources. So how do you get them? Either trade or conquest. And they didn't have much to trade with so that leaves one option.
People look at history like a collection of unconnected events. I look at them as all connected by unbroken lines. Everything that happens, effects something else. Maybe not now. But eventually. It's unavoidable.
If Carter and the CIA don't help the mujhadeen and OBL, would there have been a 9/11?
People, especially people running governments, should think a little more about stuff like this.