What would Winston Churchill say?
on 4/10/2004 (1)
What would the indomitable cigar-chomping bulldog say about world events today?
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"Terrorism is passed like a frightfull torch, from culture to culture, from generation to generation. The passage of time may modify it's lethality and methods, but the resistance to the dark and deadly force of terror, from whatever corner, can only carry one conclusion. No compromise. No dealing. No concessions. No impotency. If one nation posesses 100 men and 1 horse, or 1 million men and 10,000 tanks, those forces should be immediately and unconditionally deployed in defeating those who carry the torch of terror, no matter on which of the four corners of the world they may dwell. Osama Bin Laden and his dutiful Al-Qaeda are single minded, fanatical men beyond the reach of word and reason, thus word and reason cannot be used in bringing about their ultimate, and inevitable demise."
On Saddam Hussein and Iraq
"The Arab world cannot be changed. It cannot be propped up, modernized, brought to enlightenment or forced into reason. You cannot modernize the Arab world any more than you can still the earth in it's orbit about the sun. Many Englishmen have tried, and their dried and dessicated bodies lie buried still in the Persian sand. Leave the Dictator Saddam to those -by their own self-proffessed blind allegiance to brutal heavy handed authority, and a seemingingly unquenchable masochisitic appetite for self punishment,- who desire to be dictated. Such is, and such has always been, the Arab mind.
On same-sex marriages:
"I choose to believe that the private role of women in my life has been to provide me with a better half. I look in the mirror each morning, and see half a man. The other half lies in the gentle touch of femininity. Who would desire to seek a personal chemistry devoid of the crucial antitheses of the opposite sex? Although the question is billed as a clerical dilemma, to me it is purely one of the simplest household utility. Quite cleary, the plumbing is all wrong."
On George W. Bush
"One would think that a quintessential requirement in becoming the leader of a great nation would be the ability to properly construct a sentence. This is the sort of linguistic inefficiency with of which I will not put!"
On the Internet:
"In my younger days, a hand written message dispatched on horseback required 2 days of perilous journey from London to Liverpool. Now, via copper wires and microchips, a factory worker in Bejing may instantly bid salutations to a student in South America. Along with the Internet has predictably followed human vice and folly...pornography, sanctioned hate, gross financial exploitation and fraud...-of course, and who would have thought otherwise? The beast has not changed, only the means of his delivery. But without doubt, beyond any question, the next generation of conflict will be fought in the digital age. Not through mass bombing of cities or precision guided munitions, but through the mass dissemination of ideas from peer to peer. Generals, lay your guns aside, as wars will not be fought on battlefields any longer. The next great conflagurations of Mankind will be fought and determined in complete silence on the World Wide Web."
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