A Dark Gulf

As always, Winston Churchill said it best. Here he is on March 24, 1938, less than two weeks after the Anschluss, the Nazi annexation of Austria:

For five years I have talked to the House on these matters—not with very great success. I have watched this famous island descending incontinently, fecklessly, the stairway which leads to a dark gulf. It is a fine broad stairway at the beginning, but after a bit the carpet ends. A little farther on there are only flagstones, and a little farther on still these break beneath your feet. .  .  . That is the position—that is the terrible transformation that has taken place bit by bit.

Churchill didn’t resign himself to this transformation: “Now is the time at last to rouse the nation. Perhaps it is the last time it can be roused with a chance of preventing war.” But the nation was not roused. Six months later was Munich. A year later, war.

  • Jim Horne

    Winston Churchill – Oct. 5, 1938 Excerpt from Hansard:

    … They should know that there has been gross neglect and deficiency in our defences; they should know that we have sustained a defeat without a war, the consequences of which will travel far with us along our road; they should know that we have passed an awful milestone in our history, when the whole equilibrium of Europe has been deranged, and that the terrible words have for the time being been pronounced against the Western democracies: “Thou art weighed in the balance and found wanting.” And do not suppose that this is the end. This is only the beginning of the reckoning. This is only the first sip, the first foretaste of a bitter cup which will be proffered to us year by year unless by a supreme recovery of moral health and martial vigour, we arise again and take our stand for freedom as in the olden time.

    Speech of Winston Churchill following Chamberlain’s return from Munich
    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2358260/posts

    • “a bitter cup which will be proffered to us year by year unless by a supreme recovery of moral health and martial vigour, we arise again and take our stand for freedom as in the olden time.”
      Truly, that generation was lucky to have a man like Churchill. So far, we have not seen a similar one arise in our generation.

  • winniec

    Winston Churchill is needed at this hour. Churchill won a Nobel Prize for Literature. The only politician with his courage is Geert Wilders. Wilders, however, hasn’t the enormous rhetorical power of Churchill. People would still ignore him even if he did, just as they ignored Churchill.
    We are descending step by step into the Islamic abyss as Muslims migrate to the West. Muslims religiously protect their love of tyranny, their love of backwardness, their love of cruelty and consider freedom and modern human rights an insult.
    We are digging our grave with every Muslim immigrant that reaches our shores. They will eventually turn on us in a mighty, uncontrolled, irrational jihad with unimagined fury.