Quotation by Franklin D. Roosevelt

A point has been reached where the peoples of the Americas must take cognizance of growing ill-will, of marked trends toward aggression, of increasing armaments, of shortening tempers—a situation which has in it many of the elements that lead to the tragedy of general war.... Peace is threatened by those who seek selfish power.
Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882–1945), U.S. president. Ed. Edgar B. Nixon, Roosevelt and Foreign Affairs, Annual Address to Congress, January 3, 1936, vol. 3, pp. 153-154, The Belknap Press of Harvard University (1969). Edward M. Bennett, Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Search for Security: American-Soviet Relations, 1933-1939, p. 75, Scholarly Resources, Inc. (1985).

FDR wished to impress on Congress and the American people that isolationism and unilateral arms reduction were impossible in the face of the aggressive plans of Germany, Japan, and Italy.
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