There's Nothing Like Remembering Pearl Harbor Than to Go

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The way I envision sock puppets would re-enact the story conveyed at the Pearl Harbor Visitor's Center: Japan wanted to take over the world, alongside the Nazi's, so President Roosevelt said stop or we won't sell you any oil, and then Japan planned a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. There's a lot of truth in that, but it's not the whole story. Our tour guide kept telling us that money was at the bottom of everything, of every single war. I think if it's not money, it's religion and if it's not religion alone, it is both. But it's mostly money. You know, war does not determine who is right, only who is left, as the saying goes.

You can read more in my personal blog today and see my photographs at A Visit from Sacramento to Honor, Respect and Remember Pearl Harbor.

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Elizabeth Weintraub is co-partner of Weintraub & Wallace Team of Top Producing Realtors, an author, home buying expert at The Balance, a Land Park resident, and a veteran real estate agent who specializes in older, classic homes in Land Park, Curtis Park, Midtown, Carmichael and East Sacramento, as well as tract homes in Elk Grove, Natomas, Roseville and Lincoln. Call Elizabeth Weintraub at 916.233.6759. Put our combined 80 years of real estate experience to work for you. Broker-Associate at RE/MAX Gold. DRE License # 00697006.

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Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana - West Lafayette, IN

Elizabeth, after the US trade embargo on strategic materials and finally oil after Japanese expansion into Indochina the Japanese government was backed into a corner as they would not meet US demands to withdraw from China and Indochina. 

With an 18 month reserve supply of oil the militarized Japanese government could not back down in humiliation to an uncompromising US foreign policy, and there was only one thing stopping Japanese expansion into the Dutch East Indies to gain a new supply of oil.  The US controlled Philippines was smack dab in the middle between the Dutch East Indies oil and Japan, and the US Pacific Fleet was the only thing that could stop the Japanese expansion to get their new supply of oil.  That is why Pearl Harbor had to be attacked-to immobilize the Pacific Fleet so they could expand to their new source of oil and strategic metals into the Dutch East Indies, Indochina, and Malaya.   The Imperial Japanese Navy ran wild for six months until the Battle of Midway.

When communications break down between nations and one side is backed into a corner with total loss of face-Look Out.  Can someone say Vladimir Putin???

Dec 17, 2014 05:00 AM #1
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

My Mom was a kid when Pearl Harbor happened and remembers vividly the day that the US dropped the bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.  

Dec 17, 2014 06:31 AM #2
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

My dad had left Kansas in 1941.  He was ultimately on his way to Hawaii to make a new life for himself, when he stopped to spend a few months here in Sacramento, while visiting an old friend.  When Pearl Harbor was bombed it forever changed dad's plans.  He ultimately settled here, and went to work at the Western Pacific Railroad with his friend.  Dad, nor my mother ever made it to Hawaii, even to just visit!

As for oil and war - I keep imagining a future where oil isn't our primary source of energy.  I suspect fewer wars would be fought in the name of everything else, but what they truly are, OIL!  That would only leave religion, which is often corrupted to make another reason to BATTLE!

Dec 17, 2014 12:21 PM #3
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Pearl is definitely on my bucket list.  Can't argue with the tour guide, but I can have my own thoughts about the reason.  I don't believe we'll never know the rest of the story. 

Dec 17, 2014 07:41 PM #4
Conrad Allen
Re/Max Professional Associates - Webster, MA
Webster, Ma, Realtor

Hi Elizabeth.  When touring the memorial I felt a little strange when the narration was spoken in Japanese.

Dec 17, 2014 08:01 PM #5
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