Neutrality and Isolationism

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Was the US right to enter into WWII? If so, when should the US have gotten involved? If not, could the US have done anything to prevent it?

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Not only was the US right to enter World War II, we should have entered much sooner. We were selfish to try to stay out of it and quietly stay in Britain's corner while Hitler took a joyride through Europe. History could have been very different if we had not...

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Not only was the US right to enter World War II, we should have entered much sooner. We were selfish to try to stay out of it and quietly stay in Britain's corner while Hitler took a joyride through Europe. History could have been very different if we had not waited for Japan, and we might not have been attacked at all.
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While I normally do not embrace war as an option because of its strengthening of the state over the lives of the individual, I do believe that the Second World War necessitated United States entry.  Striking after the bombing of Pearl Harbor seemed to be an appropriate response.  I think that I would have wished for sooner U.S. entry in light of what was happening in Europe and the humanitarian violations being committed against Jewish individuals as well as others at the hands of the European Fascists.  The period in which the United States remained isolationist, the building of prison/ work/ death camps and the desire to eliminate the Jewish presence in Europe were strong enough reasons to enter the war sooner.  I understand that Americans were retreating in their isolation, but I still believe that the conditions demanded intervention.

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We certainly should have gotten involved in World War II, as we were one of the decisive reasons Germany was defeated, and the reason Japan was defeated.  It was justified, no doubt in my mind.

It was not politically possible, though, for Franklin Delano Roosevelt to get us involved in World War II any earlier than he did.  The country was just coming out of the Great Depression, and was deeply isolationist.  If he had taken us to war in 1939 when Hitler attacked Poland, he may well have lost re-election in 1940.  Americans felt it was a European war and wanted to sit this one out if possible.

It would have been easier to stop Hitler if we had gotten involved in the war earlier, but there was nothing we could have done to prevent the war.  Hitler was determined to have a European empire and we were not in a position to do much about it.

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The US had no choice but to enter WWII when it did.  Once the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, there was no way that the US could stand by and allow that to happen without a response.

In hindsight, the US should probably have gotten involved against Germany earlier.  We know now that the Nazis were a totally evil regime.  But at the time, we only knew that they were somewhat antisemitic, but so were a lot of countries back then.

I do not think that the US could have gotten involved any earlier, though, because US public opinion was so clearly against getting involved in another war that was none of our business.

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