70 Years since the Catastrophe
- Dear All,
Today is the 70th anniversary of our delcaration of war on Germany. My
own view is that this was the greatest single disaster in British and
perhaps world history. It beats the decision to go to war with Germany in
1914. That was a disaster in its own right, but did not necessarily mean
the destruction of western civilisation. By 1945, around fifty million
Europeans had been killed in battle or murdered or starved or bombed, and
Bolshevik Russia was supreme across half the continent. British
liberalism and world power had collapsed. Their best replacement was
American corporatism with its increasingly ludicrous fig leaf of "human
rights" and "democracy". None of this would have happened had we stayed
out of another European war.
I see that the newspapers here are yet again pushing the Churchill cult.
The man was named in a BBC poll some years ago as the Greatest Ever
Briton. I suppose he had more solid qualities than the late Princess of
Wales. But I increasingly wish the Fuzzy-Wuzzies had tried a little
harder at Omdurman and planted a spear in his belly. Without him to
preach jihad against Germany, the 20th century might easily have been a
continuation of the 19th, rather than a precipitate retreat from a
liberal world order underpinned by the Pax Britannica.
I am working on a new novel and have neither time nor inclination to set
out my reasons at any length why the declaration of war was such a
mistake. However, I refer you to an article I wrote in 2003 about Neville
Chamberlain and appeasement:
Director, The Libertarian Alliance (Carbon Positive since 1979)
sean@... Tel: 07956 472 199 Skype Username: seangabb
Wikipedia Entry: http://tinyurl.com/23jvoz
Buy these novels by Richard Blake: "Conspiracies of Rome"
<http://tinyurl.com/l8uj8r> ("Fascinating to read, very well written, an
intriguing plot" Derek Jacobi); "Terror of Constantinople"
<http://tinyurl.com/n9ugw3> ("Nasty, fun and educational" The Daily
Telegraph). "Blood of Alexandria" will soon be in a book shop near you.