Monday, January 09, 2006

How would Churchill fight the war on terror?

A must read column in the Australian.

THERE'S no doubt about Winston Churchill. More than 60 years after the event, his words can still give us a short, sharp jolt into the world of reality. For there he was in the form of notes taken at a cabinet meeting on July 6, 1942, released last week by the National Archives in London.

The cabinet scribe recorded in his notebook that Churchill had announced to the meeting: "If Hitler falls into our hands we shall certainly put him to death like a gangster. This man is the mainspring of evil. Instrument -- electric chair." In a macabre addition, he noted that they could hire the electric chair from the US under lend-lease!

Once again, in that staccato style for which he was famous, Churchill got his view across very smartly and left no room for doubt about what he meant: if you are facing evil, you kill the tyrant.


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