Sunday, May 16, 2010

Salim Mansur: In praise of Churchill

Where is our Churchill? We know who are our jihadi appeasers are.
On May 10, 1940, Neville Chamberlain reluctantly stepped down as prime minister of Britain and handed the keys for 10 Downing Street to Winston Churchill.

In the early hours of the same morning, Adolf Hitler’s special train pulled in at a small German town near Aachen close to the Belgian frontier. The dictator and his military staff had come to witness the launch of the German army’s offensive against France by slicing through Belgium and Holland.

In the triumphal afterglow of VE Day on May 8, 1945 — its 65th anniversary commemorated last week in Europe — it is now barely remembered and rarely discussed how perilously close Britain came five years earlier to negotiating an end to the war with Germany.

The swift disintegration of the much-vaunted French army, and the encirclement of the British Expeditionary Forces pushed to the Channel ports by the German military from south and west, left Britain alone and exposed.

Hitler had read the temperament of Britain’s ruling elite carefully. Chamberlain was only the last of the apostles of the appeasement policy that gave Hitler time to rebuild Germany and launch a military machine the likes of which had not been seen before.

1 comment:

Lynn said...

Where is our Churchill? I doubt it's possible for our system of education and our society to produce one,or a Maggie Thatcher either.

It's MUCH more likely we'll produce more Chamberlains and Petains.

We just have to hope the Islamics don't produce another Saladin.


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