The intervention of the United States in WWII was not caused by the plight of the Jews interned in concentration camps or because of the threat of Japan, but for the purpose of defending Britain and France and stopping the spread of German dictatorship through Europe. The United States adopted this defense of Britain and France not only to preserve a more democratic Europe with which to maintain relations with, but also because we felt a deep moral commitment to do so (Paterson, et al., 2005).
[...] The United States did enter WWII after Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, but Roosevelt simply saw this as the perfect opportunity to enter the war with public opinion on his side. Roosevelt had simply been waiting for this opportunity, and had been “neutrally” supporting both France and Britain through policies like lend lease for weapons Paterson, et al., 2005). The United States entered WWII to stop the spread of Germany across Europe and to protect its allies France and Britain, but there was also a moral reason for entering WWII. [...]
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