Month: February 2015

Churchill on War (3)

Churchill on War (3)

con­tin­ued from Part 2….

Part 3 “Cure­less Fol­ly Done and Said…”: Why Churchill was Down­cast

What is the scene which unfolds before us tonight? It is cer­tain­ly not what we had hoped to find after all our ene­mies had sur­ren­dered uncon­di­tion­al­ly and the great world instru­ment of the Unit­ed Nations had been set up to make sure that the wars were end­ed. It is cer­tain­ly not that. Peace does not sit untrou­bled in her vine­yard. —Churchill on 14 Jan­u­ary 1952, Chateau Lau­ri­er, Ottawa

Toward the end of his life, the old lion who had had implored,  “nev­er despair,” was him­self gripped by melan­choly.…

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Churchill on War (2)

Churchill on War (2)

con­tin­ued from part 1….

Part 2: What He Said in the Nuclear Age

Meet­ing Eisen­how­er at Bermu­da, Novem­ber 1953.

In the imme­di­ate after­math of the atom­ic bomb it was regard­ed by many as just anoth­er weapon of war. Churchill him­self spoke pri­vate­ly of using it, or threat­en­ing to use it, to roll back Sovi­et advances in Europe in 1946-47, though not on the ple­nary lev­el, and was push­ing for a nego­ti­at­ed set­tle­ment with Rus­sia by ear­ly 1948. At the 1953 Bermu­da con­fer­ence the British del­e­ga­tion was aston­ished to find Pres­i­dent Eisen­how­er, and his Sec­re­tary of State, John Fos­ter Dulles, still regard­ing the bomb as con­ven­tion­al.…

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Churchill on War (1)

Churchill on War (1)

Part 1: What He Said, 1900-1932

Eden, Mars and Churchill after the con­clu­sion of the Munich agree­ment, in “Die Bren­nes­sel” [The Net­tle]. Berlin, Novem­ber 1938.From the time he was a young Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment, already pos­sessed of expe­ri­ence in war on three con­ti­nents, Churchill spoke of the fright­ful­ness of mod­ern war and strove, accord­ing to his lights, some­times with ques­tion­able tac­tics and uncon­ven­tion­al pro­pos­als, to avoid it. His rep­u­ta­tion as a war­rior tends to obscure his efforts for peace, of which he some­times despaired, espe­cial­ly toward the end of his life. Here­with (Parts 1&2) Churchill’s own words on war and peace from Churchill by Him­self; and (Part 3) why I believe he regret­ted, in his final years, that despite all, peace still did not pre­vail in the world.…

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