PS.....do you remember the old PBS program "Connections"? It showed how happings in the past can lead to unforseen changes to the future.
Well, I was sitting in my easy chair and letting my brain freewheel and came up with this.
In the mid-1930's Japan invaded Manchuria, as a result of which the U.S. cut off oil sales to Japan.
The Japanese, being a large oil user, set their sights on the oil supplies in Indonesia and Indo-China......which resulted in the war in the Pacific.....and the bombing of Pearl Harbor to keep the U.S. Fleet from interfering with the Jap conquests.
In retaliation, and mostly for propaganda purposes, we launched the Dolittle raid......which led the Japs to realize that the home islands were vulnerable.
As a result, they decided to take Midway as a forward base of a defensive perimiter to protect Japan and behind which to consolidate their conquests.
As a diversion, the Japs also attacked the Aleutians in Alaska......as a result of which the U.S. built the Alcan Highway to send military troops and supplies to defend Alaska.
After the war, the Alaskan Highway, being a direct land route, led to the opening of Alaska to commerce and development, and ultimately to statehood. Also it led to the discovery of the oilfields on the North Slope, the drilling, and the pipeline to Valdez......from which most of the oil is shipped to guess where? Why, Japan, of course!
Ain't history grand!!!!