Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

`Time May Be Short': In His Own Words

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

`Time May Be Short': In His Own Words

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IN HIS Iron Curtain speech, what did Churchill actually say?

Here is an organizational breakdown of the speech, with excerpts in Churchill's own words.

The United States leads the world:

It is a solemn moment for the American Democracy. For with primacy in power is also joined an awe-inspiring accountability to the future. . . . Our supreme task and duty is to guard the homes of the common people from the horrors and miseries of another war.

The United Nations is not yet ready to police the world:

The United Nations Organization must immediately begin to be equipped with an international armed force. In such a matter we can only go step by step. . . . This might be started on a modest scale and it would grow as confidence grew. . . . It would nevertheless, ladies and gentlemen, be wrong and imprudent to entrust the secret of the atomic bomb, which the United States, Great Britain, and Canada now share, to the world organization while it is still in its infancy.

Until the United Nations is ready, the United States and Britain must form a "fraternal association":

Neither the sure prevention of war, nor the continuous rise of world organization will be gained without what I have called the fraternal association of the English-speaking peoples. This means a special relationship between the British Commonwealth and empire and the United States of America. . . . The United States already has a Permanent Defense Agreement with the Dominion of Canada . . . This principle should be extended to all the British Commonwealths with full reciprocity.

Time - and the Soviet Union - are pressing.

Beware, I say; time may be short. Do not let us take the course of allowing events to drift until it is too late . . .

A shadow has fallen upon the scenes so lately lighted by the Allied victory. Nobody knows what Soviet Russia and its Communist international organization intends to do in the immediate future, or what are the limits, if any, to their expansive and proselytizing tendencies. . . .

From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic an iron curtain has descended across the Continent. …

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