Franklin Delano Roosevelt, December 8, 1941:
No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people, in their righteous might, will win through to absolute victory.
I believe that I interpret the will of the Congress and of the people when I assert that we will not only defend ourselves to the uttermost but will make it very certain that this form of treachery shall never again endanger us.
Hostilities exist. There is no blinking at the fact that our people, our territory and our interests are in grave danger.
With confidence in our armed forces, with the unbounding determination of our people, we will gain the inevitable triumph. So help us God.
“Hostilities exist. There is no blinking at the fact that our people, our territory and our interests are in grave danger.” Of course, we live in a different age. Now the learned analysts know that the way to repel aggression is to pretend that hostilities do not exist. To win hearts and minds. To build bridges. To proclaim the problem much smaller and more manageable than it is.
Meanwhile, however, the jihadis fight on.