PEARL HARBOR: For Roosevelt Historians

The spade of history last week turned up a hitherto secret set of facts. For biographers of Internationalist Franklin Roosevelt, the great salesman of the United Nations Organization idea, the facts were somewhat awkward. They showed that when he co-authored the Atlantic Charter with Winston Churchill in August 1941, Franklin Roosevelt:

Was opposed to any immediate postwar organization of the nations.

Felt that nothing could be more futile than re-erecting some international body such as the Assembly of the League of Nations.

Thought that the U.S. and Britain should police the world for peace.

Thought that any later joint police action with lesser...