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World War II began when Hitler starting persecuting the Jews in Germany Although this was a factor in the United States entering the war in actuality the main reason for the Americans entrance into World War II was the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor The United States had no idea that Japan was planning on attacking American soil The Japanese had planned to attack Pearl Harbor on Sunday December 7 1941 and with Americans feeling so sure that this would not occur Japan succeeded1 When Japan first attacked China they had been relying upon the United States for fuel The Americans were disheartened by the Japanese attack and so they cut off their fuel supply to the Japanese and their army The Japanese then turned to Indonesia for fuel but after a short time they too cut off trade with Japan as a result of heavy American influence Indonesia had been under Dutch control at the time2 Following the Indonesian cut off of fuel Japan felt they had to take drastic measures in order to find a fuel source since they were an island and did not have their own source of fuel The Japanese felt that if they attacked the Americans than they would be forced to at least begin to negotiate a fuel agreement with Japan Pearl Harbor was chosen as the target because it was a major naval port and far away from the mainland America The entire American Pacific Naval Fleet was located in Pearl Harbor and with their destruction Japan felt they could then take over many of the Pacific Islands3 When Japan attacked Pearl Harbor they hurt their own chances of winning their war in Asia because they lost the isolation that had previously helped them gain ground Two days prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor the Japanese attacked Thailand and Malaya as they continued their assault on the Pacific territories Prior to this date the Americans
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