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1st May '18 7:21:01 PM AirofMystery
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* The Japanese sneak attack on Pearl Harbor. Japan was several years into its occupation of most of East and South-East Asia but was running low on desperately low on oil and other supplies. America gradually stopped selling Japan things due to outrage over Japan's conduct in the Sino-Japanese war, which drove Japan into even more desperate straights as they tried to invade and secure oil-producing regions in the Pacific. Attacking the American base at Pearl Harbor was supposed to prevent loss of face on the Japanese part, to show the Americans that Japan was not to be trifled with. Instead, it provided an instant and undeniable ''causus belli'' for Americans to directly enter a war that had previously been distant and often considered 'not our problem'.

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* The Japanese sneak attack on Pearl Harbor. Japan was several years into its occupation of most of East and South-East Asia but was running low on desperately low on oil and other vital supplies. America gradually stopped selling Japan things due to outrage over Japan's conduct in the Sino-Japanese war, which drove Japan into even more desperate straights as they tried to invade and secure oil-producing regions in the Pacific. Attacking the American base at Pearl Harbor was supposed to prevent loss of face on the Japanese part, to show the Americans that Japan was not to be trifled with. Instead, it provided an instant and undeniable ''causus belli'' for Americans to directly enter a war that had previously been distant and often considered 'not our problem'.
1st May '18 7:20:19 PM AirofMystery
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* The Japanese sneak attack on Pearl Harbor.

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* The Japanese sneak attack on Pearl Harbor. Japan was several years into its occupation of most of East and South-East Asia but was running low on desperately low on oil and other supplies. America gradually stopped selling Japan things due to outrage over Japan's conduct in the Sino-Japanese war, which drove Japan into even more desperate straights as they tried to invade and secure oil-producing regions in the Pacific. Attacking the American base at Pearl Harbor was supposed to prevent loss of face on the Japanese part, to show the Americans that Japan was not to be trifled with. Instead, it provided an instant and undeniable ''causus belli'' for Americans to directly enter a war that had previously been distant and often considered 'not our problem'.
1st May '18 7:06:48 PM AirofMystery
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* During the [[UsefulNotes/ThreeKingdomsShuWeiWu Three Kingdoms]], the Battle of Chibi was a case of this. The warlord Cao Cao, fresh over his conquest of northern China, marched his forces south in order to subjugate the only truly major opposition to his reunification of China: Liu Biao and Sun Quan. Liu Biao died and his successor quickly surrendered, and Cao prepared for war with Sun despite his forces being exhausted from the long march, many of his best generals and officers staying behind to consolidate his new territory and the fact that the terrain in the area was unsuited for the cavalry tactics he used with such efficiency. His reasoning was sound: his men, while exhausted, were fresh off numerous victories and his forces far outnumbered Sun's. He hoped to intimidate Sun into surrender, or at least breakthrough and force said surrender. A combination of determined resistance, unseasonable weather (that made the famous fire attack even more effective) and plague forced his retreat.

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* During the [[UsefulNotes/ThreeKingdomsShuWeiWu Three Kingdoms]], Kingdoms period of ancient China]], the Battle of Chibi was a case of this. The warlord Cao Cao, fresh over his conquest of northern China, marched his forces south in order to subjugate the only truly major opposition to his reunification of China: the whole country: Liu Biao and Sun Quan. Liu Biao died and his successor quickly surrendered, and Cao prepared for war with Sun despite his forces being exhausted from the long march, many of his best generals and officers staying behind to consolidate his new territory and the fact that the terrain in the area was unsuited for the cavalry tactics he used with such efficiency.Sun. His reasoning was sound: his men, while exhausted, were fresh off numerous victories and his forces far outnumbered Sun's. He hoped to intimidate Sun into surrender, or at least breakthrough and force said surrender. The bad idea came from his forces being exhausted from the long march, many of his best generals and officers staying behind to consolidate his new territory, and the fact that the terrain in the south was unsuited for the cavalry tactics he used with such efficiency. A combination of determined resistance, an attack with fire ships, unseasonable weather (that that made the famous fire attack even more effective) effective, and plague forced his retreat.
22nd Apr '18 9:32:06 AM Traveler123
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* The Japanese sneak attack on Pearl Harbor.
** Hitler declaring war on the United States after the United States declared war on Japan. Hitler wanted to be able to sink the American ships which were bringing much-needed supplies to England...but he didn't stop to think that the only reason that the United States wasn't doing more than providing supplies was because there was no state of war between Germany and the U.S...
25th Mar '18 3:11:45 AM darkemyst
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* ''Film/TheMagnificentSeven'':

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* ''Film/TheMagnificentSeven'':''[[Film/TheMagnificentSeven1960 The Magnificent Seven]]'':
21st Feb '18 11:23:39 AM marcen12
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->''"[[Music/KatyPerry You]] joined [[the army]] because you broke up with your boyfriend...you'll wake up one day, totally over your boyfriend, thinking 'Oh My God, I joined the army.'"

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->''"[[Music/KatyPerry You]] joined [[the army]] [the army] because you broke up with your boyfriend...you'll wake up one day, totally over your boyfriend, thinking 'Oh My God, I joined the army.'"
26th Jan '18 9:33:13 AM marcen12
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->''"Dude, hold my beer and watch this! . . ."''

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->''"Dude, hold my beer and watch this! . . ."''
->''"[[Music/KatyPerry You]] joined [[the army]] because you broke up with your boyfriend...you'll wake up one day, totally over your boyfriend, thinking 'Oh My God, I joined the army.'"
-->-- [[WebVideo/TheMusicVideoShow The Music Video Show]], [[https://youtu.be/1XKp6s1Xs44 Episode 53]]
18th Jan '18 3:25:12 AM lillolillo
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* This explanation gets used a lot in ''ComicStrip/{{Nodwick}}''. Especially by [[CloudcuckooLander Yeagar]], who has the wisdom of a lemming.

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* This explanation gets used ''ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}'' extradited her enemy Reactron to ''ComicBook/NewKrypton'' illegally so he got trialed and punished for his crimes (something Earth justice courts seemed unwilling to do). Nonetheless, ComicBook/LexLuthor had turned him into a lot in ''ComicStrip/{{Nodwick}}''. Especially by [[CloudcuckooLander Yeagar]], who has ticking human bomb which blew the wisdom of a lemming.planet and the Kryptonian race up. In ''ComicBook/{{Bizarrogirl}}'' storyline, Kara is still blaming herself for it, stating: "I thought I was doing the right thing."



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* This explanation gets used a lot in ''ComicStrip/{{Nodwick}}''. Especially by [[CloudcuckooLander Yeagar]], who has the wisdom of a lemming.
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2nd Jan '18 5:33:29 PM Premonition45
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Compare the situational trope, NiceJobBreakingItHero, as well as DidntThinkThisThrough and IWasYoungAndNeededTheMoney.

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Compare the situational trope, NiceJobBreakingItHero, as well as DidntThinkThisThrough DidntThinkThisThrough, IWasYoungAndNeededTheMoney, and IWasYoungAndNeededTheMoney.
NotQuiteTheRightThing.
26th Dec '17 8:18:34 PM Redaka
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** The death of Whitebeard also brought forth an even more dangerous threat i.e. Blackbeard who was able to absorb Whitebeard's Devil Fruit Ability thus becoming the first person to ever wield two Devil Fruit powers at once.
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