THE ACTUAL ROAD TO PEARL HARBOR
by GEORGE MORGENSTERN
During the war our habit was to treat Pearl Harbor day as, in F.D.R.'s words, "a day of infamy." This newspaper throughout the war protested against any such observance. The appellation was almost Oriental in its masochism -- unworthy of us, a travesty of truth. It gave a totally wrong impression of a peace-loving, unoffensive, noninterfering America suddenly set upon by a bully with whom we had no quarrel. No historian will ever accept the interpretation.
-- Editorial in the Washington (D.C.) Post, December 7, 1951
Japan was meant by the American President to attack the United States. . . . It is very questionable whether the word treachery is a legitimate one to use in these circumstances.
-- CAPTAIN RUSSELL GRENFELL, Main Fleet to Singapore, 1952
It is for peace that I have labored; and it is for peace that I shall labor all the days of my life.
-- FRANKLIN DELANO ROOSEVELT, August 1, 1944