Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Neville Chamberlain Quotations (Does he sound like a liberal democrat?)

How horrible, fantastic, incredible, it is that we should be digging trenches and trying on gas-masks here because of a quarrel in a faraway country between people of whom we know nothing.

In war, whichever side may call itself the victor, there are no winners, but all are losers.

We should seek by all means in our power to avoid war, by analysing possible causes, by trying to remove them, by discussion in a spirit of collaboration and good will.

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This is the British Prime Minister who preceded Winston Churchill. He went to Munich, and came back with a proud announcement of "peace in our time" concluded with "Chancellor Hitler".
This peace was paid for with territorial concessions at the expense of Czechoslovakia. History records that Hitler ended up taking not just the Sudetenland, but all of Czechoslovakia as well. This was then a prelude to the fall of Europe to Nazism.
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An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last. (Winston Churchill)

What lessons does the history of Europe on the eve of war have for us today?

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