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Why the Turks Like Churchill

Why the Turks Like Churchill

How great was Atatürk? The ques­tion came up exam­in­ing Turk­ish atti­tudes to Churchill, which one might expect would be hos­tile. In 1914, Churchill’s Admi­ral­ty denied Turkey two bat­tle­ships being built in Britain as World War I erupt­ed. In 1915, Churchill pushed hard (though did not con­ceive of) the attacks on the Dar­d­anelles and Gal­lipoli. (See also “com­ments” on this post from thought­ful Turks.)

Atatürk

One his­to­ri­an spec­u­lat­ed that Churchill mir­rored the courage and resource­ful­ness of  Mustafa Kemal (Atatürk). Anoth­er said there “might be a lin­ger­ing impres­sion that Churchill had helped save Turkey from the red men­ace by his resis­tance to Russ­ian demands on the Dar­d­anelles Straits—of course it was Har­ry Tru­man who did the heavy lift­ing there [through the Tru­man Doc­trine]”

Churchill and Inonu, 1943 (Esc­fo­rums, Istan­bul)

The Turks have abun­dant rea­sons to feel pos­i­tive toward Churchill, aside from his per­son­al courage, and his post-1945 resis­tance to Sovi­et designs on the Dar­d­anelles (when he was out of office and pow­er­less).…

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Churchill, Troops and Strikers (2)

Churchill, Troops and Strikers (2)

Con­clud­ed from Part 1

“Guilty with an Expla­na­tion”

Through­out the August 1911 rail­way strike, troops had orders to stand by and act only if pub­lic secu­ri­ty was endan­gered by the strik­ers. But there was anoth­er rea­son why anx­i­ety ran high at that time. A few weeks ear­li­er, the Ger­mans had sent a gun­boat to Agadir, French Moroc­co, and rumors of war with Ger­many were ram­pant. David Lloyd George said the Agadir Cri­sis was a threat to peace, that the Ger­mans “would not hes­i­tate to use the paral­y­sis into which the coun­try was falling in order to attack Britain.” Paul Addi­son, in Churchill on the Home Front, described the pub­lic mood:

The unprece­dent­ed chal­lenge of a simul­ta­ne­ous nation­al stop­page by all four rail­way unions con­vinced respectable opin­ion that the world was about to be turned upside down….Churchill’s own appre­hen­sions were con­nect­ed, appar­ent­ly with fear of sub­ver­sion in Germany….He was also informed by Guy Granet, the gen­er­al man­ag­er of the Mid­land Rail­ways, of alle­ga­tions that labour lead­ers were receiv­ing pay­ments from a Ger­man agent….Conservatives applaud­ed him for tak­ing deci­sive action.…

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Boris: What Winston Would Do, Part 13,783

Boris: What Winston Would Do, Part 13,783

May­or John­son

Lon­don May­or Boris John­son has dis­obeyed the Lady Soames Com­mand­ment: “Thou shall not say what my father would do today.” May the fleas of a thou­sand camels infest his pyja­mas.

Dur­ing a Dai­ly Tele­graph read­ers Q&A to launch Johnson’s new book, The Churchill Fac­tor, Tele­graph Head of Books Gaby Wood asked the May­or what “we could take from Churchill today” and whether Islam­o­fas­cism was an equiv­a­lent threat to the Nazis.

Although Mr. John­son said he did not know whether Churchill would get involved in Iraq, he added: “I think he would have been in favour of air pow­er. I think air strikes but not boots on the ground is my hunch on where he would have been because he wasn’t obsessed with for­eign entan­gle­ments.”

Well, he was obsessed enough in the 1930s to argue for for­eign entan­gle­ments (France, Rus­sia, USA) when his coun­try was in dan­ger.…

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