Here is another case of truth being stranger than fiction. Who would have thought that the the root cause of Japanese Naval success at Pear Harbor was the character of one English aristocrat. And, if anyone doubts the “it’s all about the money”, here is another example. Nations will always give priority to arms sales over national security. This was all revealed in a fascinating program on BBC called the The Fall of Singapore: The Great Betrayal.
After World War !, the English developed the first aircraft carrier. When the Japanese wanted to inspect this new weapon, the military rejected all requests. But, the government allowed a civilian team to sell technology. This came back to bite them at the outset of WWII, because the Japanese used this in the attacks on Pearl Harbor and Singapore. Of course, English arrogance played a role. They believed that the Japanese, because the were not good cavalrymen, could not be good airmen.
This is not a case of shooting yourself in the foot: it’s a case of shooting yourself in your colony and providing the bullet to shoot those with which you supposedly have a “special relationship”. The United States has some Englishmen to thank for Pearl Harbor. Without them, the Japanese could never have developed carrier-based aircraft, naval pilots, or aircraft carriers. British officers provided the intelligence and know-how, which ensured success of the attack at Pearl Harbor, the fall of Singapore, and ultimate suffering of many Englishmen.
It is surprising to learn that two Englishmen changed the course of history, but providing secret information to a foreign government. What is more surprising--and shocking-- is that the English government knew about their acts, but did nothing to stop them. I do not like to use the word unbelievable, because few things are. This story is believable, because governments are made up of people, and people can be fools. The English have proven to be a particular type of fool, because they foolishly cow to aristocrats. It seems that the aristocracy has priority over national security. Such folks can be proud that an Englishmen was responsible for the fact that England lost its dominance in Asia...and the world.
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.