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                               PAPER XXXV

"We are fighting to cleanse the world of ancient evils, ancient ills."

Address of the President of the United States, delivered before a joint 
   session of the two Houses of Congress, January 6, 1942. 

Mr. Vice President, Mr. Speaker, Members of the Senate and of the House 
of Representatives: 

In fulfilling my duty to report upon the state of the Union, I am proud 
to say to you that the spirit of the American people was never higher 
than it is today-the Union was never more closely knit together-this 
country was never more deeply determined to face the solemn tasks before 

The response of the American people has been instantaneous. It will be 
sustained until our security is assured 

Exactly one year ago today I said to this Congress: "When the dictators 
are ready to make war upon us, they will not wait for an act of war on 
our part . . . They-not we-will choose the time and the place and the 
method of their attack." 

We now know their choice of the time. A peaceful Sunday morning-December 
7, 1941. 

We know their choice of the place. An American outpost in the

We know their choice of the method. The method of Hitler himself. 

Japan's scheme of conquest goes back half a century. It was not merely a 
policy of seeking living room; it was a plan which included the 
subjugation of all the peoples in the Far East and in the islands of the 
Pacific, and the domination of that ocean by Japanese military and naval 
control of the western coasts of North, Central, and South America. 

The development of this ambitious conspiracy was marked by the war 
against China in 1894; the subsequent occupation of Korea; the war 
against Russia in 1904; the illegal fortification of the mandated 
Pacific Islands following 1920; the seizure of Manchuria in 1931; and 
the invasion of China in 1937. 

A similar policy of criminal conquest was adopted by Italy. The Fascists 
first revealed their imperial designs in Libya and Tripoli. In 1935 they 
seized Abyssinia. Their goal was the domination of all North Africa, 
Egypt, parts of France, and the entire Mediterranean world. 

But the dreams of empire of the Japanese and Fascist leaders were modest 
in comparison with the gargantuan aspirations of Hitler and his Nazis. 
Even before they came to power in 1933, their plans for conquest had 
been drawn. Those plans provided for ultimate domination, not of any one 
section of the world, but of the whole earth and all the oceans on it. 

With Hitler's formation of the Berlin-Rome-Tokyo alliance, all these 
plans of conquest became a single plan. Under this, in addi-

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tion to her own schemes of conquest, Japan's role was to cut off our 
supply of weapons of war to Britain, Russia, and China-weapons which 
increasingly were speeding the day of Hitler's doom. The act of Japan at 
Pearl Harbor was intended to stun us-to terrify us to such an extent 
that we would divert our industrial and military strength to the Pacific 
area, or even to our own continental defense. 

The plan failed in its purpose. We have not been stunned. We have not 
been terrified or confused. This reassembling of the Seventy-seventh 
Congress is proof of that; for the mood of quiet, grim resolution which 
here prevails, bodes ill for those who conspired and collaborated to 
murder world peace. 

That mood is stronger than any mere desire for revenge. It expresses the 
will of the American people to make very certain that the world will 
never so suffer again. 

Admittedly, we have been faced with hard choices. It was bitter, for 
example, not to be able to relieve the heroic and historic defenders of 
Wake Island. It was bitter for us not to be able to land a million men 
and a thousand ships in the Philippine Islands. 

But this adds only to our determination to see to it that the Stars and 
Stripes will fly again over Wake and Guam; and that the brave people of 
the Philippines will be rid of Japanese imperialism; and will live in 
freedom, security, and independence. 

Powerful and offensive actions must and will be taken in proper time. 
The consolidation of the United Nations' total war effort against our 
common enemies is being achieved. 

That is the purpose of conferences which have been held during the past 
two weeks in Washington, in Moscow, and in Chungking. That is the 
primary objective of the declaration of solidarity signed in Washington 
on January 1, 1942, by 26 nations united against the Axis Powers. 

Difficult choices may have to be made in the months to come. We will not 
shrink from such decisions. We and those united with us will make those 
decisions with courage and determination. 

Plans have been laid here and in the other capitals for coordinated and 
cooperative action by all the United Nations-military action and 
economic action. Already we have established unified command of land, 
sea, and air forces in the southwestern Pacific theater of war. There 
will be a continuation of conferences and consultations among military 
staffs, so that the plans and operations of each will fit into a general 
strategy designed to crush the enemy. We shall not fight isolated wars-
each nation going its own way. These 26 nations are united-not in spirit 
and determination alone, but in the broad conduct of the war in all its 

For the first time since the Japanese and the Fascists and the Nazis 
started along their bloodstained course of conquest they now face the 
fact that superior forces are assembling against them. Gone forever are 
the days when the aggressors could attack and destroy their victims one 
by one without unity of resistance. We of the United Nations will so 
dispose our forces that we can strike at the common enemy wherever the 
greatest damage can be done. 

The militarists in Berlin and Tokyo started this war. But the massed, 
angered forces of common humanity will finish it. 

Destruction of the material and spiritual centers of civilization-this 
has been and still is the purpose of Hitler and his Italian and 

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Japanese chessmen. They would wreck the power of the British 
Commonwealth and Russia and China and the Netherlands-and then combine 
all their forces to achieve their ultimate goal, the conquest of the 
United States. 

They know that victory for us means victory for freedom. 

They know that victory for us means victory for the institution of 
democracy-the ideal of the family, the simple principles of common 
decency and humanity. 

They know that victory for us means victory for religion. 

And they could not tolerate that. The world is too small to provide 
adequate "living room" for both Hitler and God. In proof of that, the 
Nazis have now announced their plan for enforcing their new German, 
pagan religion throughout the world the plan by which the Holy Bible and 
the Cross of Mercy would be displaced by Mein Kampf and the swastika and 
the naked sword. 

Our own objectives are clear; the objective of smashing the militarism 
imposed by war lords upon their enslaved peoples-the objective of 
liberating the subjugated nations-the objective of establishing and 
securing freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom from want, and 
freedom from fear everywhere in the world. 

We shall not stop short of these objectives-nor shall we be satisfied 
merely to gain them and then call it a day. I know that I speak for the 
American people-and I have good reason to believe I speak also for all 
the other peoples who fight with us-when I say that this time we are 
determined not only to win the war, but also to maintain the security of 
the peace which will follow. 

But modern methods of warfare make it a task, not only of shooting and 
fighting, but an even more urgent one of working and producing. 

Victory requires the actual weapons of war and the means of transporting 
them to a dozen points of combat. 

It will not be sufficient for us and the other United Nations to produce 
a slightly superior supply of munitions to that of Germany, Japan, 
Italy, and the stolen industries in the countries which they have 

The superiority of the United Nations in munitions and ships must be 
overwhelming-so overwhelming that the Axis nations can never hope to 
catch up with it. In order to attain this overwhelming superiority the 
United States must build planes and tanks and guns and ships to the 
utmost limit of our national capacity. We have the ability and capacity 
to produce arms not only for our own forces, but also for the armies, 
navies, and air forces fighting on our side. 

And our overwhelming superiority of armament must be adequate to put 
weapons of war at the proper time into the hands of those men in the 
conquered nations, who stand ready to seize the first opportunity to 
revolt against their German and Japanese oppressors, and against the 
traitors in their own ranks, known by the already infamous name of 
"Quislings". As we get guns to the patriots in those lands, they, too, 
will fire shots heard round the world. 

This production of ours in the United States must be raised far above 
its present levels, even though it will mean the dislocation of the 
lives and occupations of millions of our own people. We must raise our 
sights all along the production line. Let no man say it cannot be done. 
It must be done-and we have undertaken to do it. 

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I have just sent a letter of directive to the appropriate departments 
and agencies of our Government, ordering that immediate steps be taken: 

1. To increase our production rate of airplanes so rapidly that in this 
year, 1942, we shall produce 60,000 planes, 10,000 more than the goal 
set a year and a half ago. This includes 45,000 combat planes-bombers, 
dive-bombers, pursuit planes. The rate of increase will be continued, so 
that next year, 1943, we shall produce 125,000 airplanes, including 
100,000 combat planes. 

2. To increase our production rate of tanks so rapidly that in this 
year, 1942, we shall produce 45,000 tanks; and to continue that increase 
so that next year, 1943, we shall produce 75,000 tanks. 

3. To increase our production rate of anti-aircraft guns so rapidly that 
in this year, 1942, we shall produce 20,000 of them; and to continue 
that increase so that next year, 1943, we shall produce 35,000 anti-
aircraft guns. 

4. To increase our production rate of merchant ships so rapidly that in 
this year, 1942, we shall build 8,000,000 deadweight tons as compared 
with a 1941 production of 1,100,000. We shall continue that increase so 
that next year, 1943, we shall build 10,000,000 tons. 

These figures and similar figures for a multitude of other implements of 
war will give the Japanese and Nazis a little idea of just what they 
accomplished in the attack on Pearl Harbor. 

Our task is hard-our task is unprecedented-and the time is short. We 
must strain every existing armament-producing facility to the utmost. We 
must convert every available plant and tool to war production. That goes 
all the way from the greatest plants to the smallest-from the huge 
automobile industry to the village machine shop. 

Production for war is based on men and women-the human hands and brains 
which collectively we call Labor. Our workers stand ready to work long 
hours; to turn out more in a day's work; to keep the wheels turning and 
the fires burning 24 hours a day, and 7 days a week. They realize well 
that on the speed and efficiency of their work depend the lives of their 
sons and their brothers on the fighting fronts. 

Production for war is based on metals and raw materials-steel, copper, 
rubber, aluminum, zinc, tin. Greater and greater quantities of them will 
have to be diverted to war purposes. Civilian use of them will have to 
be cut further and still further-and, in many eases, completely 

War costs money. So far, we have hardly even begun to pay for it. We 
have devoted only 15 percent of our national income to national defense. 
As will appear in my Budget message tomorrow, our war program for the 
coming fiscal year will cost $56,000,000,000, or, in other words, more 
than one-half of the estimated annual national income. This means taxes 
and bonds and bonds and taxes. It means cutting luxuries and other 
nonessentials. In a word, it means an "all-out" war by individual effort 
and family effort in a united country. 

Only this all-out scale of production will hasten the ultimate all-out 
victory. Speed will count. Lost ground can always be regained-lost time 
never. Speed will save lives; speed will save this Nation which is in 
peril; speed will save our freedom and civilization-and slowness has 
never been an American characteristic. 

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As the United States goes into its full stride, we must always be on 
guard against misconceptions which will arise naturally or which will be 
planted among us by our enemies. 

We must guard against complacency. We must not underrate the enemy. He 
is powerful and cunning-and cruel and ruthless. He will stop at nothing 
which gives him a chance to kill and to destroy. He has trained his 
people to believe that their highest perfection is achieved by waging 
war. For many years he has prepared for this very conflict-planning, 
plotting, training, arming, fighting. We have already tasted defeat. We 
may suffer further set-backs. We must face the fact of a hard war, a 
long war, a bloody war, a costly war. 

We must, on the other hand, guard against defeatism. That has been one 
of the chief weapons of Hitler's propaganda machine-used time and again 
with deadly results. It will not be used successfully on the American 

We must guard against divisions among ourselves and among all the other 
United Nations. We must be particularly vigilant against racial 
discrimination in any of its ugly forms. Hitler will try again to breed 
mistrust and suspicion between one individual and another, one group and 
another, one race and another, one government and another. He will try 
to use the same technique of falsehood and rumor-mongering with which he 
divided France from Britain. He is trying to do this with us even now. 
But he will find a unity of will and purpose against him, which will 
persevere until the destruction of all his black designs upon the 
freedom and safety of the people of the world. 

We cannot wage this war in a defensive spirit. As our power and our 
resources are fully mobilized, we shall carry the attack against the 
enemy-we shall hit him and hit him again wherever and whenever we can 
reach him. 

We must keep him far from our shores, for we intend to bring this battle 
to him on his own home grounds. 

I, American armed forces must be used at any place in all the world 
where it seems advisable to engage the forces of the enemy. In some 
cases these operations will be defensive, in order to protect key 
positions. In other cases, these operations will be offensive, in order 
to strike at the common enemy, with a view to his complete encirclement 
and eventual total defeat. 

American armed forces will operate at many points in the Far East. 
American armed forces will be on all the oceans-helping to guard the 
essential-communications which are vital to the United Nations.

American land and air and sea forces will take stations in the British 
Isles-which constitute an essential fortress in this world struggle. 

American armed forces will help to protect this hemisphere-and also 
bases outside this hemisphere, which could be used for an attack on the 

If any of our enemies, from Europe or from Asia, attempt long-range 
raids by "suicide" squadrons of bombing planes, they will do so only in 
the hope of terrorizing our people and disrupting our morale. Our people 
are not afraid of that. We know that we may have to pay a heavy price 
for freedom. We will pay this price with a will. Whatever the price, it 
is a thousand times worth it. No matter what ou

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enemies in their desperation may attempt to do to us-we will say, as the 
people of London have said, "We can take it". And what's more, we can 
give it back-and we will give it back-with compound interest. 

When our enemies challenged our country to stand up and fight, they 
challenged each and every one of us. And each and every one of us has 
accepted the challenge-for himself and for the Nation. 

There were only some 400 United States marines who in the heroic and 
historic defense of Wake Island inflicted such great losses on the 
enemy. Some of those men were killed in action; and others are now 
prisoners of war. When the survivors of that great fight are liberated 
and restored to their homes, they will learn that a hundred and thirty 
million of their fellow citizens have been inspired to render their own 
full share of service and sacrifice. 

Our men on the fighting fronts have already proved that Americans today 
are just as rugged and just as tough as any of the heroes whose exploits 
we celebrate on the Fourth of July. 

Many people ask, "When will this war end?" There is only one answer to 
that. It will end just as soon as we make it end, by our combined 
efforts, our combined strength, our combined determination to fight 
through and work through until the end-the end of militarism in Germany 
and Italy and Japan. Most certainly we shall not settle for less. 

That is the spirit in which discussions have been conducted during the 
visit of the British Prime Minister to Washington. Mr. Churchill and I 
understand each other, our motives, and our purposes. Together, during 
the past two weeks, we have faced squarely the major military and 
economic problems of this greatest world war. 

All in our Nation have been cheered by Mr. Churchill's visit. We have 
been deeply stirred by his great message to us. We wish him a safe 
return to his home. He is welcome in our midst, now and in days to come. 

We are fighting on the same side with the British people, who fought 
alone for long, terrible months, and withstood the enemy with fortitude 
and tenacity and skill. 

We are fighting on the same side with the Russian people who have seen 
the Nazi hordes swarm up to the very gates of Moscow, and who with 
almost superhuman will and courage have forced the invaders back into 

We are fighting on the same side as the brave people of China who for 
four and one-half long years have withstood bombs and starvation and 
have whipped the invaders time and again in spite of superior Japanese 
equipment and arms. 

We are fighting on the same side as the indomitable Dutch. 

We are fighting on the same side as all the other governments in exile, 
whom Hitler and all his armies and all his Gestapo have not been able to 

But we of the United Nations are not making all this sacrifice of human 
effort and human lives to return to the kind of world we had after the 
last World War. 

We are fighting today for security, for progress and for peace, not only 
for ourselves, but for all men, not only for one generation but for all 
generations. We are fighting to cleanse the world of ancient evils, 
ancient ills. 

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Our enemies are guided by brutal cynicism, by unholy contempt for the 
human race. We are inspired by a faith which goes back through all the 
years to the first chapter of the Book of Genesis: "God created man in 
His own image." 

We on our side are striving to be true to that divine heritage. We are 
fighting as our fathers have fought, to uphold the doctrine that all men 
are equal in the sight of God. Those on the other side are striving to 
destroy this deep belief and to create a world in their own image-a 
world of tyranny and cruelty and serfdom. 

That is the conflict that day and night now pervades our lives. No 
compromise can end that conflict. There never has been-there never can 
be-successful compromise between good and evil. Only total victory can 
reward the champions of tolerance and decency and freedom and faith.