ranks of ethicists and religionists, "marching as to war", while the Primate and the Archbishop of York softly intone, "Religion and morality we simply just adore, and as we've taken half the world we don't want any more".
The "holy war" proclaimed by Chamberlain still awaits the decision or compulsion of the neutrals, and the enlistment of the Greatest of all Recruits, whom both sides claimed in the last war. For there are those who believe "God is on the side of the strongest battalions".
And if God be with us, who can be against us, even though with odds of ten to one we "Strangle Our Enemy and Starve Their Children" (cf Bul #33).
January 26, 1940
However, as Beatrice Abbott points out in a letter to the Boston Transcript, "If Churchill did not say some such thing, in the years 1919-1936, he would probably be the only British writer who did not. It was what they all believed, when they became sane before, and what any who are left will believe when this is over. Here is one such English statement on page 433 of "A Richer Dust", by Storm Jameson, 1931. 'It would have been better if America had never come into the war, then no one could have won it and they would have made a decent peace.'" Dennis Sandys, son-in-law of Churchill, expressed the same view as late as 1939 ( Unity, Jan. 20, 1941).
At the New England Forum early in February, 1941, Oswald Garrison Villard repeated Churchill's statement which brought a statement February 12 from Washington, "The British embassy wishes to state on the authority of the prime minister that it is totally untrue that he ever made any statement to the above or similar effect". That is what embassies are for,--to make such denials when necessary. But Churchill, whose 'build up' now presents him as a master of words, has through his long career been noted for his impulsive statements. When in 1926, as Chancellor of the Exchequer, he was using his oratorical gifts to denounce
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Publication information: Book title: Getting US into War. Contributors: Porter Sargent - Author. Publisher: P. Sargent. Place of publication: Boston. Publication year: 1941. Page number: 261.
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