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 Posted: Thu Jun 2nd, 2011 03:08 pm
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Hank C-

  Pearl Harbor didn't cause World War II which began in Europe in 1939, but it certainly caused the US to enter the war in the Pacific in 1941. It also caused Germany and Italy to declare war on the US after the US declared war on Japan. Thus it can be maintained that the bombing of Pearl Harbor caused World War II as far as the Americans were concerned.

  The Triparite Pact with Japan did not require Germany and Italy to come to the aid of Japan, because Japan was the aggressor and not the victim of aggression. However, acts of war had taken place earlier that year between American destroyers and German U-boats, and Hitler was eager to get on with the main event.

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