The President of Haiti ( Lescot ) to President Roosevelt 36
My Dear President and Great Friend: Guided only by the wish to see just punishment meted out to those who have launched the appalling cataclysm which descended several years ago on our planet, I take the liberty following your solemn warning to neutral countries, with respect to the application of the right of asylum to war criminals, to send the enclosed Mémoire, which is strictly confidential.
It contains, as you will see in reading it, a suggestion that we felt we could make to all the United Nations, although our position in the world conflict is less than modest.
However, supported by the conviction that in such a case there can be no discrimination between Nations because of their greatness or smallness,—especially as it seems to us that the organization of the post-war world should be based on the equality of rights of all States,—I do not hesitate to submit this suggestion to the head of that great American Nation which, through its undeniable power in all fields, has assured and continues to assure the enjoyment of liberty and independence for the Western Hemisphere.
We shall never be able, indeed, sufficiently to express our gratitude to the Great Democracy, of which You assure the glorious destinies, for the protection that it gives us. For we never fail to think of the fate which would have been ours, in thinking of that of the peoples enslaved by Nazi Germany.[Page 1421]
I have asked our Ambassador in Washington to transmit this confidential Mémoire to the Department of State.37
The Government of the United States of America can take whatever account it deems fit of our confidential suggestion, which we think is justified by the view that humanity will be spared the horrors of armed conflict in the future, in the measure in which exemplary punishment is inflicted on the instigators of war.
Permit me to take this opportunity to renew to you, my dear President and Great Friend, the expression of my highest consideration and unfailing friendship.