FROM SEPTEMBER 10 TO OCTOBER 10
AMERICA AND THE WAR
Protection of Shipping. —Great significance was attached to President Roosevelt’s radio address of September 11, in which after reviewing the attack on the destroyer Greer and the sinking of American ships in both the North and South Atlantic, he announced that orders had been given to U. S. naval vessels to take active measures to protect shipping “in the waters which we deem necessary for our defense.” He said in part:
No act of violence of intimidation will keep us from maintaining intact two bulwarks of defense: first, our line of supply of material to the enemies of Hitler, and second, the freedom of our shipping on the high seas. . . .
These Nazi submarines and raiders are the rattlesnakes of the Atlantic. They are a menace to the free pathways of the high seas. They are a challenge to our sovereignty. They hammer at our most precious rights when they attack ships of the American flag—symbols of our independence, our freedom, our very life.