You, as representatives of the American people, have before you the glorious opportunity of carrying on the pioneer work of your ancestors, beyond the frontiers of physical and geographical limitations. Their brawn and thews braved undauntedly almost unbelievable hardships to open up the new continent. The modern world lauds them for their vigor and intensity of purpose and for their accomplishment.
You have today before you the immeasurably great opportunity to implement the same ideals and to help bring about the liberation of man’s spirit in every part of the world. In order to accomplish this purpose, we of the United Nations must now prosecute the war that victory will be ours decisively and with all good speed.
Sun Tzu, the well-known Chinese strategist, said, “In order to win, know thyself and thy enemy.” We have also the saying, “It takes little effort to watch the other fellow carry the load.” In spite of these teachings from a wise old past, which are shared by every nation, there has been a tendency to belittle the strength of our opponents. When Japan thrust total war on China in 1937, military experts of every nation did not give China even a ghost of chance. But, when Japan failed to bring China cringing to her knees as she wanted, the world took solace in this phenomenon by declaring that they had overestimated Japan’s military might. Nevertheless, when the greedy flames of war inexorably spread in the Pacific following the perfidious attack on Pearl Harbor, Malaya and lands in and around the China Sea, and one after another of these places fell, the pendulum swung to the other extreme. Doubts and fears lifted their ugly heads and the world began to think that the Japanese were Nietzschean Supermen, superior in intellect and physical prowess a belief which the Gobineau’s and the Houston Chamberlain’s and their ex-pupils, the Nazi racists, had propounded about the Nordics.
Again, now the prevailing opinion seems to consider that the defeat of Japanese as of relative unimportance and that Hitler is our first concern. This is not borne out by actual facts. Nor is it to the interest of the United Nations as a whole to allow Japan to continue, not only as a vital potential threat, but as a waiting sword of Damocles ready.