Sunday, November 9, 2014

External Locus of Danger -- Dipsomania as Policy

We Chipsters have never liked “Winnie” Churchill.  Not that it matters but we have always considered him to be nothing but a belligerent drunk; and that was very much the prevailing opinion of him at the time by more sober members of the British Establishment, at least until wartime propaganda metamorphosed him into the doughty Saviour of Civilization.

It now turns out, as per secret FBI archives, that following the defeat of Nazi Germany, Churchill was on the warpath again jaw-jawing U.S. senators in a gambit to get President Truman to “nuke the Kremlin.”

Once again, Churchill pulled out his hoarse and raspy stops stating that “ the only salvation for the civilisation of the world would be if the President of the United States would declare Russia to be imperilling world peace and attack Russia’.  It this were not done, Churchill intoned, “civilisation will be wiped out or set back many years."

Where have we heard this crap before?  And if we have heard the song before what does that tell us about the before?

Churchill was a warmongering psychopath whose life juices (“blood” is too sober a word) flowed only when inventing and charging at some direful enemy be it the Boers, “savages” in the Sudan, minions of darkness in Berlin and, now, Bolshevik Belzebubs in Moscow. 

Thomas Maier, author of the upcoming book Lions Roar, in which the disclosure is made, makes excuses for the alcoholic monster explaining  “I think he saw a nuclear strike as just another progression of conventional warfare, until he realised there was a lot more devastation with nuclear weapons.”

HUH?  Was Churchill talking to pink elephants in August of 1945?  The statements at issue were made in 1947, well two years after anyone who might not have anticipated the effects of nuclear weapons could not longer be in the dark about them.

The plain fact is that Churchill was a genocidal monster who thought nothing of wiping out millions.  Just as he was an early proponent of area bombing of civilians and just as he had urged the “extermination” and “annihilation” of the German people so too, it turns out, he advocated nuking “the Kremlin” making it “a very easy problem to handle the balance of Russia, which would be without direction."

The interesting thing for current purposes is that the same dire language of projecting one’s own intents onto an external locus of danger perdures in the Newspeak of the American Establishment.

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