Why the US went to war in WWII

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Why the United States went to war in WW2

George Washington told Americans that they should not get involved in world affairs. For some time the US stayed isolated from world affairs. But in 1917 the US was hurled into the destructive nature of war. It was a war that most Americans disliked and it was a war that took out a generation of young men. And when it was over, the US sunk back into isolation and the war was a distant memory. So why would the US join in world affairs and into the destruction of war again?

The US did not enter the war when the Germans attacked most of Western Europe. The US did not enter the war when Germany started to bomb England. However, it was events like these that made Americans sympathize more with the Allies and loath the Axis powers.

After WW I, many European countries were left in ruins and life was poor.

By 1924, the US was thrown into The Great Depression which caused massive inflation, bankruptcies, and governments were left in chaos trying to fix their economies. However, these conditions were ripe for leaders like Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini, and Hideki Tojo. So these three gave their people what they wanted, and when put in a position of power they began militarizing up their Country for war. It was the perfect time for the powerful to prey on the weak. This aggressive behavior was a bit concerning for most countries and at first they tried to appease these aggressors. But, it was very clear what their intensions were and the world was going to be hurled into another world war.

In 1931 The Empire of Japan led a surprise attack on the Chinese province of Manchuria. Within a few months,