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pearl harbour, an interesting lesson

 
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redbean



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 20, 2006 11:05 am    Post subject: pearl harbour, an interesting lesson Reply with quote

the movie pearl harbour was screened over the weekend on tv.. it is a very well done movie, touching a bit on history and human relationship.. it also provides a good lesson in international relations, if one tries to learn something from it.

the disaster at pearl harbour could have been avoided if the american intelligence were better organised.. there were good and intelligent men at pearl harbour and the pentagon studying the japanese moves..

some of the notable comments from the movie came from the admiral at hawaii who commented that the japs would know the american thinking, of tying their ships together to guard against sabotage.. and that could be something for the japs to work on.. the other comment was the analysis of the naval captain at pentagon who put himself in the position of the japs and attempted to see what the japs were planning.. unfortunately his comments were brushed off as a guess.. an educated guess, an analysis or a wild guess? the line is very thin.

both comments were just comments and regarded as a passing remark without any follow up.

what would have change the story would be for the american intelligence to have a dedicated unit of intelligent officers acting and thinking like the japs.. have these people played the role of japs, thinking and planning what to do if they were to take on the americans..

though the americans were looking at the japanese, there were thinking more as americans.. they did not put too much effort to think like the japanese and pursue that line of thinking.. if there were such a unit specially set up just for such a purpose, their words would be taken more seriously and probably some preemptive defensive actions would be taken.. and many lives would have been safe, and the disaster would not be of that scale.

pearl harbour was a premeditated sneak attack by the japs, with no honour.. the main element contributing to the success of the attack was surprise.. and this was achieved by attacking first before declaring war on the americans..

only stupid americans today would still talk about the japanese warrior code of honour.. there was no honour at pearl harbour.

pearl harbour showed how dishonourable the japs were. what bushido? what samurai code of honour?
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 25, 2006 10:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

war is about tatics, isnt it? the Japs were just exercising their "First Strike"

actually, had the Japs sent a third wave of planes to attack Pearl Harbour, America would be so weakened in the Far East to the point no counterattack would have taken place. However if they decided to do so, then the will have a big risk of being caught defenseless, as the Aircraft carriers of the US were on patrol at the time and the Japs couldn't find them.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 25, 2006 2:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

the first strike and the element of surprise is always available to the aggressor or attacking country.. in a war, no one is going to give an inch.. what i find it silly is for the americans and their thinkers, including politicians, to go around telling the world how the honourable the japanese were and that the sneak attack was a result of a miscommnunication with their ambassador in washington..

this is the biggest bullshit that the americans are sucking and trying to make the rest of the world to believe it like they do.

a third wave could be more destructive and further weakened the americans.. but america is so huge and its military might so spread out that attacking america will overstretch the japanese limited resources.. it is also just too far away.. they could only do the damage in hawaii.
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