David Swanson discusses Pearl Harbor with Scott, an event that has become sanctified as a U.S. holiday, and, worse than that, is used as part of the perpetual narrative that America is always the victim and every war we fight is just. Swanson unveils some of the true history of the attack on Pearl Harbor, beginning with the fact that Roosevelt’s administration had numerous warnings and lots of intelligence that the Japanese were planning an attack. Newspapers in Hawaii were even predicting it several days in advance, and yet little was done to prepare. Swanson believes this is evidence that Roosevelt was looking for a way to get the U.S. into the war, particularly after repeated failed attempts to goad Germany into a similar attack. World War II’s legacy as the “just war”, explains Swanson, has done lasting damage to the American consciousness, as it is continually used to justify war in general.
Discussed on the show:
- “The Ancient Mythical Rites of Pearl Harbor Day” (DavidSwanson.org)
- “Tomgram: Aviva Chomsky, Making Native Americans Strangers in Their Own Land” (TomDispatch.com)
- RMS Lusitania
- McCollum memo
- A Dangerous Idea
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