What happened to the nations that
only a century ago ruled the world?
In Churchill, Hitler and `The Unnecessary War`: How Britain Lost Its Empire and the West Lost the World,
published today, this writer will argue that it was
colossal blunders of British statesmen, Winston
Churchill foremost among them, that turned two European
wars into world wars that may yet prove the mortal
wounds of the West.
The first blunder was a secret
decision of the inner Cabinet in 1906 to send a British
army across the Channel to fight in any Franco-German
War. Had the Kaiser known the British Empire would fight
for France, he would have moved more decisively than he
did to halt the plunge to war in July 1914.
Had Britain not declared war on
Aug. 4 and brought in Japan, Italy and the United
States, the war would have ended far sooner. Leninism
and Stalinism would never have
triumphed in Russia, and Hitler would never have
come to power in Germany.
The second blunder was the vengeful
Treaty of Versailles that added a million square
miles to the British Empire while putting millions of
Germans under Czech and Polish rule in violation of the
terms of the armistice and
Woodrow Wilson`s 14 Points.
A third was the British decision to
U.S. demands in 1921 and throw over a faithful
Japanese ally of 20 years. Tokyo took its revenge, 20
years later, by inflicting the greatest defeat in
British history, the
surrender of Singapore and an army of 80,000 to a
Japanese army half that size.
A fourth British blunder, which
Neville Chamberlain called the
"very midsummer of madness," was the 1935
decision to sanction Italy for a colonial war in
Ethiopia. London destroyed the Stresa Front of Britain,
France and Italy that Mussolini had forged to
contain Germany, and drove Mussolini straight into
the arms of a Nazi dictator he loathed.
In 1936, France sounded out the
British to determine if they would support a drive to
push German troops out of the
Rhineland that Hitler had occupied in violation of
Versailles. The British refused. And Churchill
congratulated France for taking the matter up with the
League of Nations, and said the ideal solution would be
a voluntary Nazi withdrawal from the Rhineland to show
the world that Hitler respected the sanctity of
Munich, 70 years ago this
September, was a disaster. But it was a direct, if not
inevitable, consequence of a Versailles treaty that had
consigned 3.5 million Sudeten Germans to Czech rule
against their will and in violation of the principle of
But the fatal blunder was not
It was the decision of March 31,
1939, to hand a war guarantee to a neo-fascist regime of
Polish colonels who had joined Hitler in the rape of
Britain gave Warsaw a blank check
to take her to war over a town, Danzig, the British
themselves thought should be restored to Germany.
Hitler-Stalin Pact and a six-year war that left
scores of millions dead, Europe in ruins, the British
empire bankrupt and breaking, 10 European nations under
the barbaric rule of
Joseph Stalin and half a century of Cold War. Had
there been no war guarantee to Poland, there might have
been no war, no Nazi invasion of Western Europe and no
Churchill was the indispensable war
leader who held on until Hitler committed his fatal
blunders, invading Russia and declaring war on America.
He was also the man most responsible for Britain`s fall
from mistress of the greatest empire since Rome to an
island dependency of the United States.
About the character of the
Bolshevik regime in 1919 and Nazi regime in 1933,
Churchill had been right. About British rearmament, he
had been right. But Churchill was also often
He led the West down a moral
incline to its own barbarism by imposing a starvation
blockade on Germany in 1914 and launching air terror
against open cities in 1940. These policies brought
death to hundreds of thousands of women and children.
While excoriating Chamberlain for
appeasing Hitler, Churchill`s own appeasement of Stalin
lasted longer and was even more egregious and costly,
ensuring that the causes for which Britain sacrificed
the empire—the freedom of Poland and preventing a
hostile power from dominating Europe—were lost.
Churchill was, however, surely
right when he told FDR in their first meeting after
Pearl Harbor that they should call the war they were now
in "The Unnecessary War."
He was a Great Man—at the cost of
his country`s greatness.
CREATORS SYNDICATE, INC.
Patrick J. Buchanan
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