Friday, July 08, 2005

Winston Churchill, May 1940

"We have before us an ordeal of the most grievous kind, We have before us many, many long months of struggle and of suffering. You ask, what is our policy? I will 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: 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."
So is Britain run by the Churchill generation, or the Woodstock/MTV generation? For the sake of Britain and the entire free world, it had best be the former and not the latter. We'll soon see, won't we?

Anyway, the Anchoress had a brilliant observation piece, excerpts of which follow:
Churchill’s necessary policy of 1940 is the necessary policy of today. Fighting against an enemy so cowardly they refuse to wear a uniform, so bereft of shame that they revel in the shedding of innocent blood, there can be no other policy but war and victory.

AlQ has stated that it attacked the UK because of its involvement in Iraq.

It does not explain what were its reasons for all of those attacks before we invaded Iraq. (She referenced the Iranian hostage crisis of 1979, Beirut in 1983, and the attacks of the '90s: WTC part I, Khobar Towers, U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, U.S.S. Cole, etc. - ed.)

Spain pulled out…they got attacked again, anyway.

Terrorism did not begin with the presidency of George W. Bush and the invasion of Iraq, no matter how much Barbara Boxer and Al Franken would like us to believe it. Christopher Hitchens, among others, knows better.

It is ludicrous to try and reduce this to Iraq. Europe is steadily becoming a part of the civil war that is roiling the Islamic world, and it will require all our cultural ingenuity to ensure that the criminals who shattered London’s peace at rush hour this morning are not the ones who dictate the pace and rhythm of events from now on.

Amir Taheri knows better, too.

But sorry, old chaps, you are dealing with an enemy that does not want anything specific, and cannot be talked back into reason through anger management or round-table discussions. Or, rather, this enemy does want something specific: to take full control of your lives, dictate every single move you make round the clock and, if you dare resist, he will feel it his divine duty to kill you.

Terrorism did not begin with and will not end with the presidency of George W. Bush…it may not end in our lifetime. But our enemies would as soon kill us as look at us and if they could slaughter 38,000 instead of 38, they would do so with relish.

An enemy that looks only to kill the infidel or die trying is an enemy that will only be defeated if they are convinced that they will never win.

And if the cultures that produce these enemies can get a sense of hope that they are not damned to lifetimes under religious or secular tyranny, perhaps they will stop producing them.

If there are other solutions out there, real, credible solutions and not mere carping and politicizing…then it is time to have them heard.
We're on pins and needles waiting on some suggestions from you, libs. We're just not holding our breaths.