Isolationism In The Movie Pearl Harbor

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On December 7, 1941, Japan attacked and destroyed Pearl Harbor. Thousands of Americans died, and hundreds of aircrafts and battleships were destroyed. These garnered hatred for Japanese that overwhelmed the masses, as well as the call for revenge. The result: US congress declared war against Japan days after, and thus joining the World War II. In the film Pearl Harbor, film makers demonstrate the devastation brought by the Japanese air force. Also, it shows that US government, specifically President Franklin D. Roosevelt, could avert the attack. The film Pearl Harbor demonstrates Roosevelt’s involvement in the destruction of Pearl Harbor. In the film, the conflict between US and Japan started when President Roosevelt cuts off oil export to Japan. The film did not begin on the attack but in the cause of the attack. It shows Japanese leaders discussing their lack of oil supply due to the interference of US government. Roosevelt halted all businesses transaction, including oil export, between US and Japan after they and Germany declared their used of aggression against Britain and China. However, the film did not include this but the conflict between the sentiments of congress’ isolationism and of Roosevelt’s interventionism. It shows that, while US was stopping Japanese oil export, they were sending volunteers, for instance pilot Rafe …show more content…
Roosevelt used the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor to enter US in WWII. The film shows the conspiracy theory that he knew of the imminent attack and decided to ignore it. By halting oil export to Japan, FDR influenced Japan to take action against US. By sending volunteer troops in Britain, US demonstrate their unofficial involvement in the war. Since film makers did not shows any inner thoughts of Roosevelt, suspicions of his orchestration would remain as it is. However, whether he did or did not, the result still favored Roosevelt - US officially joined

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