Sunday, 3 December 2017

Quote of the day: Churchill's eulogy for Chamberlain

Brilliant this:
"It fell to Neville Chamberlain in one of the supreme crises of the world to be contradicted by events, to be disappointed in his hopes, and to be deceived and cheated by a wicked man. But what were these hopes in which he was disappointed? What were these wishes in which he was frustrated? What was that faith that was abused? They were surely among the most noble and benevolent instincts of the human heart—the love of peace, the toil for peace, the strife for peace, the pursuit of peace, even at great peril, and certainly to the utter disdain of popularity or clamour. Whatever else history may or may not say about these terrible, tremendous years, we can be sure that Neville Chamberlain acted with perfect sincerity according to his lights and strove to the utmost of his capacity and authority, which were powerful, to save the world from the awful, devastating struggle in which we are now engaged. This alone will stand him in good stead as far as what is called the verdict of history is concerned."
The search for peace is sometimes in vain but it is never wrong.


1 comment:

DBC Reed said...

As Churchill said: history will be kind to me because I will write the history.One way of looking at Churchill's record is that he destroyed the Commonwealth Free Trade Area set up in 1932 as the price of getting the US into the war, being sponsored by banker Sir Henry Strakosch to destroy Hitler not to stop his genocide but to stop him issuing his own currency without borrowing off the banks. This way ,Hjalmar Schacht the German financial expert got 6m unemployed Germans back to work by the end of the Thirties when they were taking Krafft durch freude cruises round the Mediterranean.