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2/29/17 75th Anniversary of Korematsu v. United States Decision

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On 23/2/2017 at 6:16 PM, Plutarch said:

Bigger counties (militaries) vs smaller countries (militaries) then yes, but they still must be in close proximity to each other.  Harder for Britain to reclaim the Faukland Islands from Argentina (recall that Argentina invaded the islands which were/are under British rule) today than it was 30+ years ago.  These days GB might just say that it's not worth the trouble to send an army half way around the world for some islands (keeping the Brits who live on the island safe is something else)

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On 2/23/2017 at 5:23 PM, OFFNY said:




Scott, I specifically said the continental United States, which is the 48 states plus Washington, D.C.

In regard to invading Hawaii, while it is indeed a small island and not part of the geographically monstrous continental United States, it is part of the United States, so an attack on it would be an attack on the entire country ...... hence, no country that is even remotely in their right mind would do something like that. 

Japan attacked Pearl Harbor in 1941, but that was with the intent of destroying the United States' aircraft carriers and disabling their overall military might, that was not an invasion. The Japanese military  did not remain in  and occupy Hawaii, which is what would constitute an invasion. That was a calculated (and reasonable, in terms of military strategy) gamble and attack, not an invasion. 



Harry Turtledove wrote an interesting series of 2 or 3 books in an alternate history timeline where Japan did invade and occupy Hawaii after Pearl Harbor.   Pretty good read if that's your thing.

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