A giant of the 20th Century. Where is our Churchill to stand defiantly against the jihadi threat, which threatens the very existence of the Western democracies.
In 70 years — or in the words of the biblical psalm, three score years and 10 being the span of a man’s life — living memory of events fades away and much gets forgotten.
It probably matters little to most people in our present time how defiantly alone Britain and Winston Churchill stood in facing Adolf Hitler during the last days of May 1940, or to imagine how vastly different our world would be today if Churchill had succumbed to the pressures to negotiate peace with Germany as the fate of France was being sealed by what was seen then as an invincible German military war machine.
It is mostly forgotten now that in the Depression years of the 1930s, the real revolutionary force was fascism — the fusion of nationalism with socialism — which had greater appeal over communism in Europe and North America.
Across Europe the slogan, “Everything in the state, nothing outside the state, nothing against the state,” made popular by Benito Mussolini, the fascist leader of Italy, had a special appeal among all classes of people and support of the Catholic Church.
In Quebec, for instance, support for Charles Maurras, the founder in France of Action Francaise as the forerunner of fascism, was deep and widespread.