Another View of Japan


ハロルド・イッキーズ 1941年6月23日

My dear Mr. President

There will never be so good a time to stop the shipment of oil to Japan as we now have.
Japan is so preoccupied with what is happening in Russia and what may happen in Siberia that she won't venture a hostile move against the Dutch East Indies.
To embargo oil to Japan would be as popular a move in all parts of the country as you could make.

Recent expressions of sentiment have demonstrated how the people feel on this subject.

There might develop from the embargoing of oil to Japan such a situation as would make it, not only possible but easy, to get into this war in an effective way.
And if we should thus indirectly be brought in, we would avoid the criticism that we had gone in as an ally of communistic Russia.


Dear Harold

I have yours of June 23rd recommending the immediate stopping of shipment of oil to Japan.

Please let me know if this would continue to be your judgment if this were to tip the delicate scales and cause Japan to decide either to attack Russia or to attack the Dutch East Indies.


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