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SDHF Newsletter No.154 Japan’s Attack on Pearl Harbor ignited

Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbour
Ignited the Liberation of Asia from Western Domination
by Senaka Weeraratna, Attorney at Law (Sri Lanka)

December 23, 2016

Mr. Senaka Weerarantna, Sri Lanka, Attorney at Law, prepared this article for publication on Dec. 7, 2016 to co – incide with the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbour. Lankaweb ( an online news website) published it on December 9. With permission of Mr. Senaka Weerarantna, I publish this article in our Newsletter.
He writes that the purpose of his article is not to embark on an inquiry to determine who was to blame and who was blameless. This is a complex issue, and there is sufficient evidence that is freely accessible today to show that blame cannot be placed on Japan for the attack on Pearl Harbour—the unfortunate circumstances that propelled Japan to war included a lack of alternative supplies of oil, after the US had ceased oil exports to Japan in July 1941, which imperiled Japan’s existence as a nation. At same time, the US completely disregard or ignored Japan’s likely response to an American oil embargo.
Rather, what is intended in his article is to examine the after-effects of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour and other western colonial possessions in Asia, on the psychology and morale of the people of Asia, most of whom were under western colonial domination at the time, and ask whether Japan’s anti–colonial leadership and battle success in the early phase of the War helped Asia’s freedom fighters to step-up their campaign for liberation from foreign occupation and achieve independence.
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