Man of the Century

My take on "man of the century": I don't know. I don't know what it means. The most important man? The most influential? The most positive? I didn't vote for Einstein, but for Churchill. I think the 20th century had three great men. Edison, who invented the century, and Roosevelt and Churchhill, who together helped to assure it would be worth living, and who gave people hope in the face of despair. I voted for Churchill, who almost single-handedly keep the West aware of the need to oppose Hitler at all costs in all arenas. The world normally needs men who will compromise from rigid ideals in order to create achieveable ends. Churchill was not such a man, and in most ordinary circumstances would have been no more than a gadfly, but war and a Holocaust were not ordinary circumstances. Churchill never compromised, and there were times when it seemed that he alone retained sanity in an insane world. Looking from our time, it is impossible to understand some of the subtleties of the politics of the Great War. Recollect that many influential Americans leaned toward isolationism in a war between Hitler and his fellow monster, Stalin. Hitler continuously suckered in freemarket America with his rabid anti-Communism. Given Hitler's racial theories and respect for England, it is entirely possible that a peace could have been arranged with England. So Churchill seemed to many at the time to be keeping England in an unnecessary and unwinnable war, aligned with the monster Stalin and his monstrous ideology, Communism. For Churchill, the course was clear. When asked if he was ashamed to be allied with Stalin, Churchill replied than if Mr Hitler should invade Hell, he should immediately form an alliance with the Lord of Darkness, for Hitler must be conquered in order that the world might survive. How bad was Hitler? Not just worse than Stalin, but worse than Satan. Churchill believed it, and he made other people believe it. And he was right. It is astounding to look back at Churchill's life because in hindsight no man has ever been so consistently right about everything, but nobody really paid attention to him until they had no other choice.

Go to bed every night and thank your God for two things (1) that Churchill saw the light (2) that the the crazy warmongers were indeed crazy, and wouldn't leave isolationist America and isolationist Russia alone. It is good to remember that Germany and Japan could have divided up the rest of the world if they had honored their non-aggression pact with Russia and side-stepped American interests. Russia and the US were prepared to stay out of the fray, but were forced in, for which we can be thankful because evil triumphs when good men do nothing, and it seemed for the longest time that only Churchill knew this.

If Shakespeare was the greatest wordsmith in the history of the English language, I submit that Churchill was a respectable second. Remember his real-life words, which soar almost to the heights of Shakespeare's imagined Henry V:

"We have advanced to rescue not only Europe but mankind from the foulest and most soul-destroying tyranny which has ever darkened and stained the pages of history.

Upon all of (us) a long night of barbarism will descend unbroken by even a star of hope, unless we conquer, as conquer we must, as conquer we shall. If we can stand up to him all Europe may be free and the life of the world may move forward into broad sunlit uplands, but if we fail then the whole world, including all that we have known and cared for, will sink into the abyss of a new Dark Age made more sinister and perhaps more protracted by the lights of perverted science. Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves that if the British Empire and Commonwealth last for a thousand years men will still say ...

this was their finest hour."

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