America multi-raced and multi-traditioned, is by tradition, by geography, by citizenry, by natural sympathy, and by material interest, the great neutral nation of the earth. God so designed it. Drawn from all races, creeds, and nations, our sympathies run to every oppressed people. Our feelings engaged on opposite sides of great differences, will in their natural course, if held in due and proper restraint, neutralize the one [with] the other. Directed in right channels, this great body of feeling for the one side or the other will ripen into sympathy and love for all misguided and misled fellowmen who suffer in any cause, and this sympathy and love will run out to all humanity in its woe….
One of the great tragedies of the war [World War II] now starting is that every people now engaged in it have been led into it without their fully knowing just where they are bound. The people themselves are largely innocent of this slaughter…. As the great neutral of the earth, America may play a far greater part in this war…. It is our solemn duty to play a better part than we can do by participating in the butchery….
… having in mind our position as the great world neutral, and remembering that the people of these warring nations have been led into this conflict largely unwittingly, and therefore are largely blameless, we should announce our unalterable opposition to any plan to starve these innocent peoples involved in this conflict — the women, the children, the sick, the aged, and the infirm — and declare that when actual and bonafide mass starvation shall come to any of them, no matter who they are, we shall do all that we properly may do to see that they are furnished with food….
If we shall rebuild our lost moral power and influence by measures such as these which will demonstrate our love for humanity, our justice, our fairmindedness … we shall then be where … we can offer mediation between the two belligerents.
America, the great neutral, will thus become the Peacemaker of the world, which is her manifest destiny if she lives the law of peace.”
former Under-Secretary of State, J. Reuben Clark, Jr.,
As quoted in The 5000 Year Leap