Churchill on the Middle East
Churchill By Himself, p. 437: “The Middle East is one of the hardest-hearted areas in the world. It has always been fought over, and peace has only reigned when a major power has established firm influence and shown that it would maintain its will. Your friends must be supported with every vigour and if necessary they must be avenged. Force, or perhaps force and bribery, are the only things that will be respected. It is very sad, but we had all better recognise it. At present our friendship is not valued, and our enmity is not feared.”
(London, 1958. Anthony Montague Browne, Long Sunset, 166–67.)
Regarding the false “success” quotes incorrectly ascribed to both Lincoln and Churchill, a colleague writes: “I love it that Churchill quotes have now fused with Lincoln’s. In another ten years they will all merge with George W. Bush if we’re not careful.”
Umm. But Churchill was unnaturally pessimistic about the Middle East (above), while Bush was an optimist, insisting that even in the Middle East, people yearn for democracy and freedom.
So there’s a long-shot that Bush’s take might make the ranks of the immortals. But I’m not betting on it.