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Saturday, November 04, 2006

Churchill

Because I felt like reading it this morning, here's a link to Churchill's "War of the Unknown Warriors" speech, and the ending:
Is it not remarkable that after ten months of unlimited U-boat and air attack upon our commerce, our food reserves are higher than they have ever been, and we have a substantially larger tonnage under our own flag, apart from great numbers of foreign ships in our control, than we had at the beginning of the war? Why do I dwell on all this? Not, surely, to induce any slackening of effort or vigilance. On the contrary. These must be redoubled, and we must prepare not only for the summer, but for the winter; not only for 1941, but for 1942; when the war will, I trust, take a different form from the defensive, in which it has hitherto been bound. I dwell on these elements in our strength, on these resources which we have mobilized and control-I dwell on them because it is right to show that the good cause can command the means of survival; and that while we toil through the dark valley we can see the sunlight on the uplands beyond.

I stand at the head of a Government representing all Parties in the State-all creeds, all classes, every recognizable section of opinion. We are ranged beneath the Crown of our ancient monarchy. We are supported by a free Parliament and a free Press; but there is one bond which unites us all and sustains us in the public regard-namely (as is increasingly becoming known), that we are prepared to proceed to all extremities, to endure them and to enforce them; that is our bond of union in His Majesty's Government tonight. Thus only, in times like these, can nations preserve their freedom; and thus only can they uphold the cause entrusted to their care.

But all depends now upon the whole life-strength of the British race in every part of the world and of all our associated peoples and of all our well-wishers in every land, doing their utmost night and day, giving all, daring all, enduring all-to the utmost-to the end. This is no war of chieftains or of princes, of dynasties or national ambition; it is a war of peoples and of causes. There are vast numbers, not only in this Island but in every land, who will render faithful service in this war, but whose names will never be known, whose deeds will never be recorded. This is a War of the Unknown Warriors; but let all strive without failing in faith or in duty, and the dark curse of Hitler will be lifted from our age.
And it was, but when we look back, we still acknowledge in horror that it would be much better to have joined the battle before Hitler had become an international curse.


Comments:
Hi Mama; The truely tragic part is the countries that England first went to war for, Czekoslovokia and Poland, ended up trading Hitler for Stalin. Seems like a push.
 
There's an awful entry in Ciano's diary in which he predicts just that for Poland. All these years, and only now these countries are emerging from the aftermath.
 
There's an awful entry in Ciano's diary in which he predicts just that for Poland.

Not surprising. Poland was sandwiched between Germany and Russia, isolated from any ally; all Hitler and/or Stalin had to do was SQUEEZE.
 
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