I got all this information from the History Channel which is a pretty reliable source to my mind. My intention for starting this thread wasn't to ruffle anyone's feathers but just to start an intelligent debate and maybe learn some more facts on the subject. Just because I put up this thread doesn't mean I don't respect the people who died because of the Pearl Harbor attacks. It's just a topic that is very controversial and that I wanted to discuss. Besides, if there is a topic that you find offending or uncomfortable to talk about then you do have the choice of not reading or posting on it.Quite frankly, I find this deeply insulting. Thousands of American soldiers and civilians died at Perl.
My grandfather served in the pacific theater as a Navy Flight Lieutenant, and was at Pearl Harbour, and went on to serve at Midway and Iwo Jima.
I ask you this, where's your source? If you're going to post something that is most likely a load of *ahem* Hoo-ha, then at least back up your claims with the source you derived your opinions from.
Youth-anime-fan also put up some good sources and you can just google the subject and you will get a lot of articles and sites based subject. Here is some more links about the subject if you are still unsatisfied.
December 7, 1941: A Set Up from the Beginning
The Pearl Harbor Deception
Franklin Roosevelt and Pearl Harbor
The Red Cross Connection
Pearl Harbor: Could it have been prevented?
As you can see, there are plenty of sources.
Well, the reason that many people have thought that Franklin Roosevelt would have used Japan as a way to get into the war is the fact that for one that Franklin Roosevelt really wanted to declare war on Germany but with how most Americans thought about the war it would have been too much protest and cause too much inner turmoil in the country. If the Japanese which was apart of the Axis Powers of course attacked the U.S. it would cause the American people to become furious and rightfully so. That would have given Franklin Roosevelt the perfect reason to go to war with Germany. The reason for them to first declare war on Germany instead of Japan would be the fact that Germany was the leader of the Axis Powers and the other countries in the Axis Powers would most likely fall apart (Kind of like the military strategy that says if you take out the leader then you take out the army). That is why it has been considered so strongly that Franklin Roosevelt might have done it without the worry of suspiscion.Now as far as your conspiracy theory is concerned, why would an attack by the Japanese justify the US declaring War on Germany, (which had nothing to do with the attack at Pearl Harbor...) Germany had already declared the waters around Britain a War zone, declaring all merchant shipping as fair game for the U-boats, and by International law, didn't need to declare war against the US to do this. And the US Navy was already defending the merchant convoys against the U-boats, (and having US sailors killed in the process) and didn't need a declaration of war to do that either... As it turns out, after the US declared war against Japan, Hitler committed one of the biggest mistakes by declaring War against the US (as their self-defence obligation as part of the tripartite Axis alliance between Germany, Italy, and Japan...)
Anyway, I'm not saying that I believe in the conspiracy but I am just saying what I know.
This is another fact I found talking about the conspiracy and one of the major reasons that it has become much more plausible to many.
A previously unsubstantiated report that President Franklin D. Roosevelt requested the national office of the American Red Cross to send medical supplies secretly to Pearl Harbor in advance of the 7 December 1941 Japanese attack is beginning to look much more feasible.
USNI U.S. Naval Institute