“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.”
If I told you these words were from the mouth of G.W. Bush, many would come up with a variety of reasons why his statement is wrong. There would be a perpetuation of hatred towards him for making such a statement. Some would shout, as they already have, that our actions in Iraq do nothing to protect us, and will actually further anger the enemy. That we need to practice appeasement, peace through understanding.
However, these words come from decades past, from a man who had faced similarly formidable political and public opposition. They were spoken in a time when the people and politicians said that appeasment was the path to peace. “Peace in our time” they said. A war on terror was emminent, and the price to be paid in blood would be high. Despite public scrutiny, one man stood up for what was right: The enemy, evil must be defeated. The enemy was Hitler. That man was Winston Churchill.
It’s been said that those who forget history are doomed to repeat it. I pray that our nation and the nations of the world remember and realize the consequences of appeasement.