Dec 19

War declared on Japan, World War II week by week

World War II comes to the United States as war is declared on Japan. Telegram-Tribune, December 8, 1941.

December 8 — America, Britain, Canada, Free France, the Netherlands and six other countries declared war on Japan in the wake of coordinated attacks across the Pacific.
Japanese attacks were reported in Thailand, British Malaya, Philippine Islands,
Hong Kong, Guam, Midway and Wake Islands.
The war declaration by Congress made no mention of the European Axis powers Germany or Italy.

Franklin Roosevelt addressed a joint session of congress with a solemn statement: “I ask that the congress declare that since the unprovoked and dastardly attack by Japan on Sunday, Dec. 7, a state of war has existed between the United States and the Japanese Empire.”

However, Germany was hinting at war and Japan made a formal war request to their partners.
Though President Roosevelt had focused attention on supporting Great Britain and later Russia in their fight with the Nazi forces there was less than unanimous support to fight a World War. Even after the attack on the United States and the loss of thousands of lives the roll call was not 100%. The senate voted 82 to 0 in favor of the resolution and the house voted 388 to 1. The lone dissenter was Jeanette Rankin, R., Mont. who had also voted against entry into World War I against Germany. A chorus of hisses and boos chimed in response to her vote.

In San Luis Obispo county guards were placed at telephone exchanges, water reservoirs, oil tank farms. Law enforcement agencies suspended vacations and called officers in for seven-day week shifts. Camp San Luis Obispo and Camp Roberts were active, though the paper made a point to say that specifics were a secret. Fishing boats were called back to port from Oregon to San Luis Obispo by the Coast Guard, now functioning as a unit of the Navy.

Foreshadowing the injustices to come, 11 men were taken into custody in the region at the request of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Japanese heritage and an F.B.I. request  was enough for Sheriff Murray C. Hathway to knock on the door of rancher Tameji Eto, 58, at 10:10 p.m. Kenjiro Shinosaki, 57, was apprehended by the California Highway Patrol.
They were not charged with crimes, but were being taken to Los Angeles for undisclosed reasons. Wartime hysteria was taking shape.

It make one wonder how far we have progressed today when national hardware store Lowe’s drops advertising on a cable television show, “All-American Muslim”. The reality show follows everyday Muslim families in Dearborn, Michigan. The hardware giant folded like wet particle board in response to a pressure group that sees Islamic faith as a “…clear and present danger to liberties and traditional values that the majority of Americans cherish.”
Apparently U.S. Constitution’s  First Amendment freedom of religion clause only applies to the pressure group’s faith, not all faiths.

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