Churchill, Hitler, and "the Unnecessary War"

Churchill, Hitler, and "the Unnecessary War"

How Britain Lost Its Empire and the West Lost the World

Book - 2008
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Patrick Buchanan makes the case that, if not for the blunders of British statesmen--Winston Churchill first among them--the horrors of two world wars and the Holocaust might have been avoided and the British Empire might never have collapsed into ruins. Half a century of murderous oppression of scores of millions under the iron boot of Communist tyranny might never have happened, and Europe's central role in world affairs might have been sustained for many generations.--From
Publisher: New York : Crown Publishers, c2008
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780307405159
Characteristics: xxi, 518 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm


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Jun 15, 2019

Buchanan holds Churchill a devious, bungling warmonger.
--- After 1870 Germany was peaceful. France, Russia and Britain increased their huge empires. Belgium ravaged the Congolese.
--- The Serbs started WW1 by murdering Franz Ferdinand and shielding the planners. (Serbs still celebrate the murder.) The Kaiser sought to avert war. Churchill steered Britain into war by deceiving the cabinet and public. He condemned the Germans for traversing Belgium, while he himself planned to seize Belgian ports plus Dutch and Danish islands. Colleagues found Churchill's war-lust appalling.
--- Britain spread atrocity lies and cut German cables to fool Americans. Churchill hatched the Gallipoli fiasco. He wanted to starve the whole German population (plus the Belgians lest food for them go to Germany).
--- The overmatched Germans gave up their weapons per Wilson's call for peace without reprisals, but the British blockade continued. At Versailles the Allies gave German lands to Poles and Czechs. The US Senate rejected the Treaty, which would have bound us to defend these wrongs.
--- In 1920 Churchill urged poison gassing of Iraqis. In 1921 he pushed Britain to cancel her proven alliance with Japan. He denied the effectiveness of subs and planes against warships.
--- In 1936 the British talked France out of trouncing Hitler. They feared France would become too strong.
--- Hitler was entitled to Austria, the Sudetenland, and Polish Corridor, all peopled by Germans who wanted union with Germany. He desired eastward expansion, not war with the West.
--- The Bolsheviks sought to end bourgeois civilization. Through the mid-1930s, they caused 20,000,000 deaths. They were far more dangerous than Hitler. Churchill condemned them.
--- Chamberlain wisely abandoned the Czechs, whom Britain could not defend; they would lose fewer than 100,000 in the coming War. Churchill pushed Chamberlain to guaranty Poland, a foolish, phony gesture. Hitler allied with Stalin.
--- Counting on Britain, the Poles resisted when Hitler attacked. Britain did nothing to help them. Stalin took Eastern Poland. (Without the British guaranty, Buchanan argues, the Poles would likely have joined Hitler in a war against the USSR. Britain and France would have stood clear, ready to exploit the result. That would have been better than what really happened: 6,000,000 Poles killed and Communist oppression of Eastern Europe for 45 years.)
--- Stalin invaded Finland. Churchill cheered the valiant Finns against the Soviet hordes. Churchill invaded Norway, but was driven out by a German counter-invasion.
--- Hitler struck France. The British fled Dunkirk, leaving France to fight Germany and Italy alone. Churchill treacherously attacked the French fleet. Then he attacked Dakar, but was repelled by the Vichy garrison. Dowding won the Battle of Britain despite Churchill's interference; Churchill then fired him.
--- When Hitler attacked the USSR, Churchill switched principles. He rushed to embrace the monstrous Stalin as a noble comrade-in-arms. The valiant Finns became the enemy; Churchill declared war on them.
--- Churchill boasted of his ruthlessness. He firebombed German civilians to wipe out the labor force; every German city was devastated. He starved 2,000,000 Indians. He experimented with anthrax, contaminating a tiny island for 45 years.
--- Churchill did all he could to hide Stalin's massacres of Poles. He enlisted Poles who escaped to the West, giving them more false promises. In the end, he left them to Stalin, and blamed them for objecting. Stalin tortured Poles who had fought the Germans: they were dangerous nationalists. Churchill professed surprise that Stalin remained the monster he had always been.


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