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Dardanelles Then, Afghanistan Now: Apples and Oranges

Dardanelles Then, Afghanistan Now: Apples and Oranges

Dar­d­anelles and Gal­lipoli (Wiki­me­dia Com­mons)

Writ­ing in the Los Ange­les Times, Pro­fes­sor Andrew J. Bace­vich con­sid­ered the war in Afghanistan against Churchill’s expe­ri­ence in World War I. Churchill, he says, looked for alter­na­tives to “send­ing our armies to chew barbed wire in Flan­ders.” Just so. And we should be look­ing for alter­na­tives to chew­ing dust in Afghanistan.

Bace­vich describes Churchill’s alter­na­tive as “an amphibi­ous assault against the Dar­d­anelles.” (That is a phys­i­cal impos­si­bil­i­ty.) Churchill cham­pi­oned a naval attack on the Dar­d­anelles, fol­lowed by an amphibi­ous assault on the Gal­lipoli Penin­su­la). Bace­vich adds that Churchill wished to “sup­port the infantry with tanks.” (I pre­sume he means sup­port­ing the infantry on the West­ern Front with tanks, since they were not a fac­tor on Gal­lipoli.)

But the Dardanelles/Gallipoli strat­e­gy, Bace­vich con­tin­ues

only pro­longed the war and drove up its cost.…

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Islam’s “Religion of Blood and War”

Islam’s “Religion of Blood and War”

The web­site Weapon of Musi­cal Defense quotes your book Churchill by Him­self and records: “After 9-11 we were hor­ri­fied at the hate & exhor­ta­tions to vio­lence we read in the Koran so we began learn­ing more about what Win­ston Churchill called ‘the reli­gion of blood and war.'” Did Churchill refer to Islam in those words? —I.L.

Yes, in his first book, The Sto­ry of the Malakand Field Force (Lon­don: Long­mans Green, 1898). Quot­ing from the new edi­tion (Lon­don: Leo Coop­er, 1991), page 27:

But the Mahommedan reli­gion increas­es, instead of less­en­ing, the fury of intol­er­ance.…

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