“But I suppose the most revolutionary act one can engage in is… to tell the truth.”
― Howard Zinn
A few days after the 75th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack I sent the following letter to the editor of the Arkansas Democrat Gazette:
“The Pearl Harbor attack was no surprise to FDR and his top advisors. They planned it. Since 1932 exercises had proven Pearl Harbor extremely vulnerable to surprise aircraft carrier attack. Japan patterned its attack on these results. At Roosevelt’s request, Arthur H. McCollum—Office of Naval Intelligence and an expert on Japan—submitted an 8-step plan on October 7, 1940, designed to provoke the Japanese into firing the first shot. An expert on the navy, Roosevelt put all steps into play. Roosevelt fired fleet commander James O. Richardson, the top authority on Pacific naval warfare and Japanese strategy, February 1, 1941, for his opposition to FDR’s “illogical basing of the fleet at Hawaii.” FDR deployed American warships in Japanese territorial waters to provoke the first shot. Seizure of Japanese assets in the U.S. in July, 1941, terminated trade between the countries. Identical orders from the British and Dutch effectively cut off all oil from Japan, leaving it one year’s supply in reserve and no peaceful prospects for new supplies. By October, 1940, U.S. cryptographers broke the Japanese military codes yet all crucial messages were denied Commanders Kimmel and Short at Pearl. FDR refused to meet with a desperate, peace-seeking Konoe government, causing its collapse in October, succeeded by militaristic Tojo. The “Vacant Sea” policy went into effect November 25 to empty the north Pacific of all traffic, allowing Yamamoto’s fleet to steam 12 unmolested days toward the attack point north of Pearl.”
This letter met the 250 word maximum but was never published. Naturally I never expected it to be published. The facts about the attack are terribly inconvenient, now aren’t they? The best policy apparently is to ignore the truth, the relevant facts of how that attack succeeded. That’s the “news” business all too often. The corporate media impose narrow limits on allowable conversation to retain their “access” to the powerful plus avoid upsetting their declining advertisers and readers. But a major reason readership keeps heading south is their predictable covering up for the regime! Virtually everybody knows major media cover up.
As an economist friend of mine said, universities need sparks sometimes. That is true of the media too. Let’s get it on! Or, OK, go ahead, persevere in your blackball policies and die if you choose.