"We shall not flag or fail. We shall go on to the end. We shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing strength in the air, we shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender."
Sir Winston Churchill
(1874-1965) Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (1940-1945, 1951-1955)
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 -- Clint, Nashville      
We need a million of him. No 250 million.
 -- warren, olathe     
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    He was the right man at the right time to stir the hearts and minds of a great people. Together with the greatiest generation America saved freedom and mankind. As a Jew, these words you would have not read, had they failed.God keep them near.
     -- leo w. livingston, Daytona Beach     
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    There is a huge difference between a man defending his country from invasion and those soldiers flown in so-called 'pre-emptive' wars in foreign lands. Remember that any patriotic citizen would share the courage and determination of Churchill -- why then do we think the Arabs will fight American troops with anything less?
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    A great orator indeed! By the way, Archer, I wasn't aware that Winston Churchill was from France.
     -- Ken, Allyn, WA     
    ",,,we shall fight in France, ...we shall defend our island..." Since France was conquered before attempting to do so in England, it only makes sense that the Brits would not only defend their isle but also the stepping stone to it. Never-the-less, despotism must be fought by the collective to which the tyrant has laid claim -- like the American States that have become beholden to Washington, D.C. -- either we hang together or separately.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    Where is all the "force is never the answer" crowd criticizng this quote?
     -- warren, olathe     
    The Arabs are fighting along side us in Afghanistan and Iraq. Iraq's troops are loosing far more solders than we are in the fight against our mutual enemy that is invading their country. This endless twisting of facts is getting old. Our troops have consistently defended the freedom of others even with their own lives. To try to accuse the U S of being the tyrant in this war is at best ignorant. This kind of ignorance would seem to be only possible if one hates what this country stands for and hopes for its defeat in its endeavors.
     -- warren, olathe ks     
     -- Anonymous      
    It brings tears to my eyes.
     -- Karen, Gainesville, Fla.     
     -- Gerry Balcar, Margaretville. NY      
     -- Mike, Norwalk      
    Churchill's means is our end. We will stop fighting. We will learn to understand how to come to peaceful terms. We will learn alternatives to fighting. We will learn to share the resources of the world for the best of life's promotion.

     -- Fredrick William Sillik, Anytown     
    The war in Iraq was started under false pretenses, Warren, which we have learned now many years later.  The very first thing the Bush administration did was lay claim to the oil fields.  If you read the Iraqi Constitution that followed, it barely resembles that of the USA.  Rather than being the rule book for the government on what they can and cannot do, it is a very long rule book for the people that grants the government the power to enforce.  BIG difference. 

    The US government didn't come to the aid of a people fighting for their freedom, they came to install a government that would be beholden to and necessarily propped up by them for decades to come.  Once the US military left Iraq to its own devices, the Islamic fundamentalists took over.  The war in Iraq was a big boon to the US military-industrial-complex as well as the Bush's personally and their 'club.'

    The controlled demolition of the Twin Towers is self-evident to anyone who is willing to look at the cold hard facts.  And it was the excuse for invading Iraq  yes, it was an invasion and yet another coup d'etat to add to a very long list of US government-led 'nation-building' under the auspices of world government.  Not a republican form of government I might add, either.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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