WHERE IS A WINSTON CHURCHILL WHEN WE NEED HIM? AND YES, WE NEED HIM!!
June 1, 2017 | View PDF
I just returned from a 3-day trip, turned on the news and saw where 19 people have been killed at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England. Again, the sorrowful, cowardly words, “New Normal” raises its ugly head. No, I will not accept that. I won’t. I can’t. I refuse to. Anytime I go to the movies, a concert, the mall or out to dinner, I am supposed to have a reasonable expectation that I will get killed by some cretin with a grudge against the whole world? I DO NOT THINK SO!! Let me see, rapes and sexual assaults by the hundreds, cars burned by the thousands annually in France, indigenous Europeans told they cannot eat certain foods, wear certain clothes and heaven forbid they enter the well-known No-Go-Zones, people flattened by cars in several countries, and they too are expected to accept this life as their “new normal?” Heaven help us all if they ever get nuclear weapons.
The day after President Trump makes a speech about radical Islam while in Saudi Arabia and this happens. Coincidence? Like Gibbs from NCIS, I don’t believe in them. Wake up people, there is an ever-growing hatred, a rabid evil that is spreading around the world and all most people want to do is look the other way. Most people only care about the latest I-Phone or other stupid gadget they can use to subdue their brains into unthinking, unproductive mush. Now more than any other time in the last 50+ years, we need men and women like a Winston Churchill to stand up and stand for something. Something of substance. Your family; your life; your culture; your people. Yes sports fans, there are some things that are worth fighting for and if you do not think so, find a hospital somewhere and see if they can surgically implant a backbone for you. This boorish behavior cannot be allowed to continue. What? Are we willing to hand the keys of our society over to those who have done nothing to create it and in no way respect it? Not me. Let’s take a look at what Sir Winston Churchill had to say. Below is something I penned as my very first Robservation over six years ago. Still valid today? You betcha!!
Wars and Rumors of Wars
In War: Resolution
In Defeat: Defiance
In Victory: Magnanimity
In Peace: Good Will
The time is quickly approaching in the war on terror where the stakes will increase exponentially. There are dozens of rogue nations and terrorist entities attempting to acquire nuclear weapons as a way of gaining political legitimacy or as a method of pushing their radical agendas throughout the world.
When I read the powerful words of the 20th Century’s greatest statesman, Winston Churchill, I truly feel my inadequacy as a writer. He had a way of purporting the truth that could bring a chill down the spine of even the most hardened of opponents. Sir Isaiah Berlin wrote, “So hypnotic was the force of his word, so strong his faith, that by the sheer intensity of his eloquence he bound his spell upon [the British people].”
I took the liberty of quoting some of Churchill’s most powerful speeches. Each quote, written over a half century ago, still rings true today. Substituting the words “communist,” “neo-Fascist” and “Russian friends” with “Islamic fundamentalist” or “terrorists,” and Churchill’s words could have indeed been written specifically for crises now before us.
His words stand as unwavering principles that can neither be delegated nor ignored. We must be careful in allowing an enemy, one that continues to threaten the demise of an entire people (Israel among others), to obtain an arsenal of weapons that can directly challenge either our sovereignty or the survival of millions. If they (radical Islamists) do obtain such weapons, we must have a policy in place that clearly spells out “unacceptable” behavior and the consequences thereof. Read Churchill’s words carefully, digest them conscientiously and meditate on them soulfully.
[Blood, Toil, Tears and Sweat: 13 May, 1940] “You ask, what is our policy? I can say: It is to wage war, by sea, land and air, with all our might and with all the strength that God can give us; to wage war against a monstrous tyranny, never surpassed in the dark, lamentable catalogue of human crime. That is our policy. You ask, what is our aim? I can answer in one word: It is victory, victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory, however long and hard the road may be; for without victory, there is no survival. . . Come then, let us go forward together with our united strength.”
[Iron Curtain: 5 March 1946] “It would nevertheless be wrong and imprudent to entrust the secret knowledge or experience of the atomic bomb, which the United States, Great Britain, and Canada now share, to the world organization, while it is still in its infancy. It would be criminal madness to cast it adrift in this still agitated and un-united world. No one in any county has slept less well in their beds because this knowledge and the method and the raw materials to apply it, are at present largely retained in American hands. I do not believe we should all have slept so soundly had the positions been reversed and if some Communist or neo-Fascist State monopolized for the time being these dread agencies. The fear of them alone might easily have been used to enforce totalitarian systems upon the free democratic world, with consequences appalling to human imagination. God has willed that this shall not be and we have at least a breathing space to set our house in order before this peril has to be encountered: and even then, if no effort is spared, we should still possess so formidable a superiority as to impose effective deterrents upon its employment, or threat of employment, by others. . .
“From what I have seen of our Russian friends and Allies during the war, I am convinced that there is nothing they admire so much as strength, and there is nothing for which they have less respect than for weakness, especially military weakness. For that reason, the old doctrine of a balance of power is unsound. We cannot afford, if we can help it, to work on narrow margins, offering temptations to a trial of strength. If the Western Democracies stand together in strict adherence to the principles of the United Nations Charter, their influence for furthering those principles will be immense and no one is likely to molest them. If however they [the UN] become divided or falter in their duty (italics added) and if these all-important years are allowed to slip away then indeed catastrophe may overwhelm us.”
All quotes from: Robert Rhodes James, MP. Churchill Speaks 1897-1963: Collected Speeches in Peace and War. 1998. Barnes and Noble Books. New York.