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REMEMBERING TO FORGET…

By ATWadmin On November 13th, 2006

I was reflecting on the fact that as Britain paused yesterday to remember the fallen of two world wars, the war in Iraq added four more names to those killed in action. They died when their patrol boat was blown apart by a hidden bomb in Basra. Three more of the crew, understood to be a mixture of Army and Royal Marines personnel, were seriously injured in the Remembrance Sunday atrocity. It was the worst single tragedy to hit UK troops in more than six months.

The MSM and the UK Political caste immediately seized upon this tragic loss of life as further evidence that we must "change course" and "get our troops back home" – the familiar defeatist mantra heard since 2003 when they went in. And it got me thinking that many of those who both attended and reported on yesterday’s Remembrance Day ceremonies across the nation were amnesiacs – people who HAVE forgotten why this country goes to war, why the supreme sactifice is made. Too harsh?

churchill1.gifLet me offer you the words of a genuine leader on this subject…

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."

 

These words were spoken back in the truly grim days of 1940 – but they declared a simple vision that the Nation both understood and rallied behind. The AIM of the war was VICTORY. And that is also the aim of the war on Islamic terror – be it in Afghanistan, Iraq, London, New York – wherever.

But the MSM advocate SURRENDER at all costs – "cut and run" is their updated version of Churchill’s famous speech. And too many swallow this garbage pumped out day after day. In doing so, and in agreeing with the MSM contention that we must flee the theatre of war. they too have remembered to forget.

7 Responses to “REMEMBERING TO FORGET…”

  1. Churchill’s words in those times are always wonderful to re-read. They’re as fresh and true as when they were first heard over the radio.

  2. Phantom,

    They are an inspiration but also evidence of the void we operate in today. No Leader has really come anywhere near this clear simple and brutal expression of war aims. I think Aussie John Howard has spoken quite well, but Blair is duplicitous and Bush muted these days. VICTORY would surely unite the American people – right and left, if not the politicians. Instead looks like defeat is to be the diet for the foreseeable future. Churchill understood that you may get a way back after you have been beaten…

  3. The problem with poor Mr. Bush is that he can barely speak at all.

    Let’s see how things pan out now. Many Democrats will essentially go for a lets leave now strategy, but not all. Some of the Democrats may well listen to the views of John McCain, who if I hear correctly continues to say that victory is possible and is what we need to pursue.

  4. Phantom,

    I hope Rudy can also articulate a strategy to win. Winning is the key here – we just cannot afford to lose this one.

  5. Concur

    Though this thing had better be well on its way to being won by the time 2008 comes around

    Rudy has been a little quieter than I’d like. His is a respected voice that could influence the debate that is to come very soon.

  6. I think Rudy will have the sense to remain relatively in the background for a couple more months if he intends to run. That way he can see how the midterm election chips fully play out, and then position himself as an outsider to the rescue.

  7. Churchill – great man. One of my heroes. We could both of us use a Churchill right now. There is not one that I can see.

    Rudy has announced plans to run – just saw the headline. Newt needs to get in on the act. At the very least he will keep the debate where it should be and provide the Republican contenders with the degree of conservatism that they need to shoot for. McCain is dead in the water with the people who matter.