Quotation by Franklin D. Roosevelt

There is no question but that you and I think alike in the great objectives of the peace when it comes. The real problem lies in the methods to be used to attain peace without hate.... [I]t is my thought that time is an essential in disseminating the ideals of peace among the very diverse nationalities and national egos of a vast number of separate peoples who, for one reason or another over a thousand years, have divided themselves into a hundred different forms of hate.... Therefore, I have been visualizing a superimposed—or if you like it, a superassumed—obligation by Russia, China, Britain and ourselves that we will act as sheriffs for the maintenance of order during the transition period.
Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882–1945), U.S. president. letter, Sept. 21, 1943, to George W. Norris. The Roosevelt Letters, vol. 3, pp. 473-474, ed. Elliott Roosevelt, George G. Harrup & Co., Ltd. (1952).

This was a capsule description of what FDR called elsewhere his "Four Policemen" plan to ensure a lasting peace and give time for people to become accustomed to a new way of conducting their affairs in a democratic framework. He was determined that democracy would prevail over the authoritarian kinds of regimes which had, in his opinion, led to two world wars. FDR was convinced that one reason for the rise of Hitler in Germany had been the harsh peace imposed after the First World War and the hatreds which had been aroused during that conflict and over generations in the old world.
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