The Churchill you didn't know

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Posted by andreas from ( on Thursday, November 28, 2002 at 3:28AM :

The Churchill you didn't know

Thousands voted him the greatest Briton - but did they
know about his views on Gandhi, gassing and Jews...

Thursday November 28, 2002
The Guardian (London)

I will not pretend that, if I had to choose between
communism and nazism, I would choose communism.
Speaking in the House of Commons, autumn 1937
I do not understand the squeamishness about the use of
gas. I am strongly in favour of using poisonous gas
against uncivilised tribes.
Writing as president of the Air Council, 1919

It is alarming and nauseating to see Mr Gandhi, a
seditious Middle Temple lawyer, now posing as a fakir
of a type well known in the east, striding half naked
up the steps of the viceregal palace, while he is
still organising and conducting a campaign of civil
disobedience, to parlay on equal terms with the
representative of the Emperor-King.
Commenting on Gandhi's meeting with the Viceroy of
India, 1931

(India is) a godless land of snobs and bores.
In a letter to his mother, 1896

I do not admit... that a great wrong has been done to
the Red Indians of America, or the black people of
Australia... by the fact that a stronger race, a
higher grade race... has come in and taken its place.
Churchill to Palestine Royal Commission, 1937

(We must rally against) a poisoned Russia, an infected
Russia of armed hordes not only smiting with bayonet
and cannon, but accompanied and preceded by swarms of
typhus-bearing vermin.
Quoted in the Boston Review, April/May 2001

"The choice was clearly open: crush them with vain and
unstinted force, or try to give them what they want.
These were the only alternatives and most people were
unprepared for either. Here indeed was the Irish
spectre - horrid and inexorcisable.
Writing in The World Crisis and the Aftermath, 1923-31

The unnatural and increasingly rapid growth of the
feeble-minded and insane classes, coupled as it is
with a steady restriction among all the thrifty,
energetic and superior stocks, constitutes a national
and race danger which it is impossible to
exaggerate... I feel that the source from which the
stream of madness is fed should be cut off and sealed
up before another year has passed.
Churchill to Asquith, 1910

One may dislike Hitler's system and yet admire his
patriotic achievement. If our country were defeated, I
hope we should find a champion as admirable to restore
our courage and lead us back to our place among the
From his Great Contemporaries, 1937

You are callous people who want to wreck Europe - you
do not care about the future of Europe, you have only
your own miserable interests in mind.
Addressing the London Polish government at a British
Embassy meeting, October 1944

So far as Britain and Russia were concerned, how would
it do for you to have 90% of Romania, for us to have
90% of the say in Greece, and go 50/50 about
Addressing Stalin in Moscow, October 1944

This movement among the Jews is not new. From the days
of Spartacus-Weishaupt to those of Karl Marx, and down
to Trotsky (Russia), Bela Kun (Hungary), Rosa
Luxembourg (Germany), and Emma Goldman (United
States)... this worldwide conspiracy for the overthrow
of civilisation and for the reconstitution of society
on the basis of arrested development, of envious
malevolence, and impossible equality, has been
steadily growing. It has been the mainspring of every
subversive movement during the 19th century; and now
at last this band of extraordinary personalities from
the underworld of the great cities of Europe and
America have gripped the Russian people by the hair of
their heads and have become practically the undisputed
masters of that enormous empire."
Writing on 'Zionism versus Bolshevism' in the
Illustrated Sunday Herald, February 1920

Research by Amy Iggulden

-- andreas
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