Tag: Palestine

Fateful Questions: World War II Microcosm (1)

Fateful Questions: World War II Microcosm (1)

Fate­ful Ques­tions, Sep­tem­ber 1943-April 1944, nine­teenth of the pro­ject­ed twen­ty-three doc­u­ment vol­umes, is reviewed by his­to­ri­an Andrew Roberts in Com­men­tary.

The vol­umes com­prise “every impor­tant doc­u­ment of any kind that con­cerns Churchill, and the present vol­ume is 2,752 pages long, rep­re­sent­ing an aver­age of more than eleven pages per day.” Order your copy from the Hills­dale Col­lege Book­store.

Here is an excerpt from my account, “Fresh His­to­ry,” which can be read in its entire­ty at the Hills­dale Col­lege Churchill Project.

Fateful Questions: Excerpts

Fas­tid­i­ous­ly com­piled by the late Sir Mar­tin Gilbert and edit­ed by Dr.…

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Fatal Flaws? Winston Churchill wasn’t Perfect. Surprise!

Fatal Flaws? Winston Churchill wasn’t Perfect. Surprise!

Awk! We’ve now read umpteen arti­cles on Churchill’s Fatal Faults. They cite imag­ined flaws long dis­proven (poi­son gas, Ben­gal Famine, oppos­ing all self-deter­mi­na­tion, hos­til­i­ty to Gand­hi). One won­ders: Don’t these writ­ers ever do research?* 

In ris­ing crescen­do since 2015 we’ve put up with a lot. Well, yes, some admit, Churchill saved the West—but he was human and he made mis­takes (duh!). Why, he even said things that would shock us in our mod­ern enlight­ened age. This age of behead­ings, mas­sacres, drone strikes and chlo­rine gas attacks is so removed from the bad old days of Pax Bri­tan­ni­ca.

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Churchill and Israel

Churchill and Israel

A recent arti­cle declares: “Churchill, a Zion­ist, was the first politi­cian to call for the cre­ation of  Israel in 1905.” Where exact­ly did he say that? —G.H., New York City

Churchill was cer­tain­ly pro-Zion­ist by 1905, but I can find no pub­lic state­ment call­ing for an inde­pen­dent Israel before her actu­al inde­pen­dence in 1948. Until then he called for a “Jew­ish Nation­al Home,” believ­ing, with what cyn­ics might call incur­able opti­mism, that Arabs and Jews in Pales­tine could coex­ist peace­ful­ly, point­ing to the ben­e­fits the Jews had brought in the form of irri­ga­tion and hor­ti­cul­ture. 

In 1921, when set­ting up the bor­ders of the mod­ern Mid­dle East, Churchill opt­ed not for an inde­pen­dent Israel but what he called a “Jew­ish Nation­al Home” with­in Britain’s Pales­tine Man­date, gen­er­al­ly coin­cid­ing with what is now Israel.…

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