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Churchill Would Fight Tyranny of Terrorism

Sunday, 23 September 2001 12:00 AM

– Winston Churchill, Hansard, May 13, 1940

Were Churchill alive today, his policy and advice then would, I believe, be the same as now. We as free democratic nations cannot afford to let ourselves be taken over by 'The Boneless Wonder.' War is inevitable; there is no backing away from our duty. There is no cowering behind the attitude of a conscientious objector. Either we fight to survive or we accept defeat and prepare for a fate worse than death where our right to choose will be taken from us. Where innocent men, women and children will be murdered for the pleasure of sport.

Were Churchill alive today, I believe he would have done as Prime Minister Blair has done, standing Britain shoulder to shoulder with America. Send troops in preparation of war. Visit the president and plan firstly to exhaust the 'jaw-jaw' solution, but should that fail, be prepared for 'war-war.' Sir Winston would no doubt have taken the view that although "No one can guarantee success in war, but only deserve it."

Terrorism is a serious problem, and although the enemy is unseen, masking himself behind a veil of religious fanaticism, we have no alternative but to fight.

No one wants to have a war; many feel that it is a useless solution. I have heard some people say, "World War II was different. We knew our enemy and we could see to fight them. These people are prepared to die for their cause; they care nothing for either their lives or the lives of those they murder." I agree.

I think there are not many people in the world who have not considered the above statement, but to those I must ask, what alternative is there?

Do we as democratic nations just sit and take everything we are given?

Do we as democratic people turn our backs on the freedom our parents, grandparents and great-grandparents fought for in the two world wars – our democracy, our freedom to vote, our freedom to live where we want?

Our freedom to

– Winston Churchill, Hansard, May 13, 1940

Some in Britain (a small minority) are saying that this is an American war and why should we be drawn in? I remind that minority, without the support and help of America during The Second World War, we would have lost our struggle. Hitler would have taken the 'Island Nation' he wanted and this country – indeed, this world would have become a very different place.

Our American friends need us. We need them as well. Although Britain has not felt the anger of bin Laden and his motley gang or murderers, we are not unaccustomed to terrorism. For 30 years we have been fighting a war of our own against the evils of the IRA. If we don't join with America now in its struggle against terrorism and it loses, the IRA bombings will seem like a picnic to what bin Laden and his evil-minded fanatics will do to us.

The coming months will no doubt put a strain on all our lives. We must all focus on the aim of our cause, the aim of victory. We must put our faith in God. For some, we will have to take up the sword and fight for the good of mankind. This solution, although a last resort, may last for some years to come. We have to be strong. We fight not just for ourselves, we fight also for our children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. "In war: resolution. In defeat: defiance. In victory: magnanimity. In peace: goodwill."

Churchill would have been proud to stand with us all and fight. He once said in a letter written in 1937: "Dictators ride to and fro upon tigers which they dare not dismount. And the tigers are getting hungry."

Perhaps the most compelling evidence that we have of Sir Winston Churchill's possible response to this attack can be found in a radio broadcast he gave in February 1941. "Here is the answer I will give to President Roosevelt. ... Give us the tools and we will finish the job."

Over these next coming days, weeks and months, let us be resolved to stand against those who would take the democracy that we have from us. Let us not be complacent. We must not take democracy for granted. We as a Free World are at war against a foe that, unlike Hitler, is not mad but desperate. When the bully is standing alone, there we will be. A bully is only a bully as long as he has people around him who agree with him. Should we weaken a link in the chain of terrorism, then the whole structure of terroristic violence will fall. Though odds may appear against us, we can win. We must fight. We must win.

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