Heroic officers of the army, the navy, the air force
and the strategic rocket unit of our country,
and officers of Internal Security Forces;
members of the Worker-Peasant Red Guards and the Young Red Guards;
working people of the entire country and citizens;
the people in the South and overseas compatriots;
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.
There is no doubt that our enemy cannot sustain such a strain for long.
Another few months, another half-year, perhaps another year,
and Hitlerite Germany must burst under the pressure of her crimes.
Comrades, men of the Army and Navy,
commanders and political instructors,
men and women guerillas,
the whole world is looking to you as the force capable of destroying
the plundering hordes of invaders.
The enslaved peoples of Europe
who have fallen under the yoke of the invaders
look to you as their liberators.
A great liberating mission has fallen to your lot. Be worthy of this mission!
The war you are waging is a war of liberation, a just war. […]
This is a choice between right and wrong, justice and injustice.
This is about whether we fulfill our sacred duty
to the American citizens we serve.
When I took the oath of office, I swore to protect our country.
And that is what I will always do, so help me God.
Thank you and goodnight.