Excerpts from President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's Declaration of War - Part 1

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“Mr. Vice President, Mr. Speaker, Members of the Senate, and of the House of Representatives:
Yesterday, December 7th, 1941—a date which will live in infamy—the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.
The United States was at peace with that nation and, at the solicitation of Japan, was still in conversation with its government and its emperor looking toward the maintenance of peace in the Pacific.
Indeed, one hour after Japanese air squadrons had commenced bombing in the American island of Oahu, the Japanese ambassador to the United States and his colleague delivered to our Secretary of State a formal reply to a recent American message. And while this reply stated that it seemed useless to continue the existing diplomatic negotiations, it contained no threat or hint of war or of armed attack.
It will be recorded that the distance of Hawaii from Japan makes it obvious that the attack was deliberately planned many days or even weeks ago. During the intervening time, the Japanese government has deliberately sought to deceive the United States by false statements and expressions of hope for continued peace.
The attack yesterday on the Hawaiian islands has caused severe damage to American naval and military forces. I regret to tell you that very many American lives have been lost. In addition, American ships have been reported torpedoed on the high seas between San Francisco and Honolulu.

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Solicitation : the act of asking for or trying to obtain something from someone

Deliberately : consciously and intentionally; on purpose

Pacific : peaceful in character or intent

Intervening : extending or occurring between events

Torpedo : a cigar-shaped self-propelled underwater missile designed to be fired from a ship or submarine or dropped into the water from an aircraft and to explode on reaching a target.

Infamy : the state of being well known for some bad quality or deed

Squadron : an operational unit in an air force consisting of two or more flights of aircraft and the personnel required to fly them.

Empire : an extensive group of states or countries under a single supreme authority, formerly especially an emperor or empress

Diplomatic : of or concerning the profession, activity, or skill of managing international relations

Negotiation : discussion aimed at reaching an agreement

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