Contextualizing Pearl Harbor & The Demonization of Japan

In this episode of The Real Deal the guest, James Perloff, contextualizes the pre-WWII demonization of Japan which spawned the subsequent attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. The historical record shows that throughout the 1930s and into the 1940s Japan had made several overtures to the US government to avert war and that Tokyo’s peace-offensives were met with hostility, economic sanctions and military provocations by Washington. The motivations behind the FDR administration’s antipathy toward Japan are explored in the show.

James Perloff, author and historian discusses Pearl Harbor on this episode of The Real Deal
James Perloff, author and historian discusses Pearl Harbor on this episode of The Real Deal

Perloff provides evidence that the FDR administration contained many individuals who secretly supported the Soviet Union, in particular because of its philo-Semitism. Such pro-Soviet infiltrators wanted to see Communism spread to Asia, especially to China, where Japan was singlehandedly fending off Marxist Internationalism. Pursuant to this end, Japan, being the main powerhouse of anti-Communism in the region, would have to be weakened and ultimately removed from the equation.

The history of Japan’s role in Manchuria is explained within the context of these geopolitical verities.

As with the recent episode of The Real Deal featuring Thomas Kimmel—grandson of the scapegoated Admiral Husband E. Kimmel—the deceptive and corrupt government “investigations” into the events of December 7, 1941 are addressed.

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