Month: March 2009

“If you will not fight…when you can easily win…”

“If you will not fight…when you can easily win…”

I remem­ber a quip: “When will we fight. When we have no hope.” Can you help me iden­ti­fy the source?

Those words do not track among Churchill’s 15 mil­lion  pub­lished words.. You may be think­ing of:

…if you will not fight for the right when you can eas­i­ly win with­out blood­shed; if you will not fight when your vic­to­ry will be sure and not too cost­ly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a pre­car­i­ous chance of sur­vival. There may even be a worse case.…

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“This great country…mooing dolefully…”

“This great country…mooing dolefully…”

21 March 2009 (Asso­ci­at­ed Press):

Iran’s supreme leader, Aya­tol­lah Ali Khamenei, today dis­missed over­tures to his coun­try from the U.S. pres­i­dent, Barack Oba­ma, say­ing Teheran did not see any change in pol­i­cy under the new U.S. admin­is­tra­tion. “They chant the slo­gan of change but no change is seen in prac­tice,” Khamenei said in his speech, broad­cast live on state tele­vi­sion. In his video mes­sage, Oba­ma said the US want­ed to engage Iran and improve decades of strained relations.

 This remind­ed me of Harold Nicolson’s let­ter to his wife, Vita Sackville-West, 1 March 1938 (Nicol­son Diaries, I, 328):

Win­ston spoke of “this great coun­try nos­ing from door to door like a cow that has lost its calf, moo­ing dole­ful­ly now in Berlin and now in Rome—when all the time the tiger and the alli­ga­tor wait for its undoing.”…

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Lectures and Book Signings

Lectures and Book Signings

Churchill by Himself

LECTURES AND BOOK SIGNINGS

10 May 2010: Toron­to. Annu­al Din­ner, Inter­na­tion­al Churchill Soci­ety of Canada.

11 Sep­tem­ber 2009: Churchill For Today: “Shall We All Com­mit Sui­cide?” and Churchill’s oth­er futur­ist essays: pan­elist and mod­er­a­tor. 26th Inter­na­tion­al Churchill Con­fer­ence, West­in St. Fran­cis Hotel.

7 May 2009, Boston: Eng­lish-Speak­ing Union and New Eng­land Churchillians, Union Club, 6PM.

3 May 2009, Detroit: Win­ston Churchill Soci­ety of Michi­gan, Dear­born Inn, 5:30PM.

2 May 2009, Chica­go:  Churchill Friends of Greater Chica­go, Fair­mont Hotel, 6PM.

30 Novem­ber 2008, Dal­las: “Churchill by Him­self.” North Texas Church­llians, Pap­padeaux Seafood Kitchen. Pre­sen­ta­tion and book signing.

30 Novem­ber 2007, Boston: “Churchill and Ire­land: Notable Pro­nounce­ments on Ire­land, 1901-1948.” New…

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