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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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The Biblical Churchill, Part 3

The Biblical Churchill, Part 3

“Arm yourselves, and be ye men of valour…”

Con­tin­ued from Part 2…

On 19 May 1940, Churchill made his first broad­cast as Prime Min­is­ter, a speech which lift­ed the hearts even of his for­mer and cur­rent crit­ics. “A tremen­dous bat­tle is rag­ing in France and Flan­ders,” he said, adding forth­right­ly that the Ger­mans, “by a remark­able com­bi­na­tion of air bomb­ing and heav­i­ly armoured tanks, have bro­ken through the French defences.”

In assur­ing his lis­ten­ers that Britain would fight on, Churchill chose a majes­tic coda, an obscure Bib­li­cal allu­sion, for the first and only time in all his writ­ings and speech­es.…

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The Biblical Churchill, Part 2

The Biblical Churchill, Part 2

“A House of Many Mansions”

Con­tin­ued from Part 1

The New Tes­ta­ment Gospel accord­ing to St. John, Chap­ter 14, con­tains an inspir­ing pas­sage that the young Win­ston must have read and re-read as a boy:

1. Let not your heart be trou­bled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. 2. In my Father’s house are many man­sions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to pre­pare a place for you. 3. And if I go and pre­pare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. 4.…

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