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Israel’s & Churchill’s War Speeches

By Prof. Paul Eidelberg

Israel is at war with a cunning, determined, and ruthless foe-Yasser Arafat.
This foe receives arms, money, and diplomatic support from the Islamic
world-which means that the Islamic world is at war with the Jewish state.

In other words, Arafat’s war is not simply directed against Israel on behalf
of the Palestinian Arabs. The truth is that Arafat’s war against Israel is
merely the most visible manifestation of Islam’s war against Western
Civilization. This civilization, whose roots go back to Abraham on Mount
Moriah, stands for the primacy of the individual as opposed to the state.
Have we not seen how readily Arafat sacrifices even children and how Arab
states do not even blink at such paganism?

Israel’s leaders are oblivious of the true nature of Arafat’s war; indeed,
they behave as blind, deaf, mutes vis-à-vis the tyranny characteristic of
the Arab-Islamic world. Hence it may be worthwhile to recall some of
Winston Churchill’s war speeches.

On May 10, 1940, Churchill became England’s Prime Minister. Three days
later, in a speech to the House of Commons, Churchill declared: “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 .. 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.”

In a world broadcast, May 19, 1940: “Centuries ago words were written to be
a call and a spur to the faithful servants of truth and justice: `Arm
yourselves, and be ye men of valour, and be in readiness for the conflict;
for it is better for us to perish in battle than to look upon the outrage of
our nation and our altar. As the Will of God is in Heaven, even so let it

In the House of Commons, June 18, 1940 (after England’s terrible losses at
Dunkirk): “I expect the battle of Britain is about to begin.. The whole
fury and might of the enemy must very soon be turned on us. Upon this
battle depends the survival of Christian civilization. The whole might and
fury of the enemy must soon be turned on us. Hitler knows that he must
break us in this island or lose the war. If we can stand up to him, all may
be free and the life of the world may move forward into broad sunlit
uplands. But if we fail, then the whole world, including the United States,
including all that we have known and cared for, will sink into the abyss of
a new dark age made more sinister, and perhaps more protracted, by the
lights of perverted science. Let us therefore brace ourselves to our
duties, and so bear ourselves that, if the British Empire and its
Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will still say, `This was their
finest hour.’”

In a world broadcast, April 27, 1941: “I have thought in this difficult
period, when so much fighting and so many critical and complicated maneuvers
are going on, that it is above all things important that our policy and
conduct should be upon the highest level, and that honour should be our

In Guildhall, November 7, 1941: “I have never given any assurances of a
speedy or easy or cheap victory. On the contrary, as you know, I have never
promised anything but the hardest conditions, great disappointments and many
mistakes. But I am sure that at the end all will be well for us in our
island home, all will be better for the world, and there will be that crown
of honour to those who have endured and never failed which history will
accord to them for having set an example to the whole human race.”

In a world broadcast, May 10, 1942: “Is it not far better that
demonstrations of thousands of people should gather in Trafalgar Square
demanding the most vehement and audacious attacks, than that there should be
the weepings and wailings and peace agitations which in other lands and
other wars have often hampered the action and vigour of Government.”

In Leeds, May 16, 1942: “Here in the thirty-third month of the war none of
us is weary of the struggle, none of us is calling for any favours from the
enemy. If he plays rough we can play rough too. Whatever we have to take
we will take, and we will give it back in even greater measure.”

No doubt some readers will see a vast difference between Hitler’s war
against Great Britain and Arafat’s war against Israel. But Hitler’s war,
like Arafat’s, was triggered by a policy called “territory for peace.”

By appeasing Hitler, the democracies betrayed not only Czechoslovakia, but
the basic values of Western Civilization. Today, the West has decayed even
further: the democracies are appeasing Arafat. But as indicated above,
Arafat’s war against Israel should be understood as symptomatic of Islam’s
war against Western Civilization; and now Islam, with the aid of the West,
is accumulating weapons of mass destruction.

Israel must therefore crush Arafat, and the West must cease aiding its own
and Israel’s gravediggers!

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