Reporters from PBS, MPR, CNN, the Washington Post, New York Times and other news outlets pushed back on President Roosevelt’s insistence on calling last Sunday’s bombing of Pearl Harbor a “Japanese” attack.
By labeling the man-caused disaster “Japanese” peace activists worry that such xenophobic attribution may lead to wider war in the Pacific.
Said one reporter from PBS: “Mr. President, don’t you worry that such reckless language could cause hurt feelings in The Land of the Rising Sun?”
Roosevelt reportedly replied “This is a day that shall live in infamy” and did not address the deeper question of the morality of American’s entering into what could be 3+ years of military quagmire in the Far East.
Other reporters wondered aloud that if, say for example, the Chinese were responsible for recklessly letting a biological contagion escape from China because of their secrecy and negligence would Roosevelt then call it the Chinese Virus.
Only future history will know…