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Winston Churchill on Islam

This is prescient:

How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy. The effects are apparent in many countries. Improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live. A degraded sensualism deprives this life of its grace and refinement; the next of its dignity and sanctity. The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property - either as a child, a wife, or a concubine - must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men. Thousands become the brave and loyal soldiers of the Queen: all know how to die but the influence of the religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists in the world. Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytizing faith. It has already spread throughout Central Africa, raising fearless warriors at every step; and were it not that Christianity is sheltered in the strong arms of science, the science against which it had vainly struggled, the civilisation of modern Europe might fall, as fell the civilisation of ancient Rome.

It comes our way via Bookwoorm who you should be reading daily.  She goes deeper and does some juxtaposing and concluding:

Our government would do well to remember the nature of the forces arrayed against us, and to remember Churchill's advice about recognizing the enemy sooner, rather than later:

"Still, if you will not fight for the right when you can easily win without bloodshed, if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not so costly, you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance for survival. There may be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no chance of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves."

But I think our current leader would be happy to live as a slave, because he does not see much in our culture that is worth saving by fighting.  I know that Obama suffers from a vast historical ignorance, one he reveals on a regular basis, so I doubt he has more than a passing familiarity with Churchill's life or thinking.  Nevertheless, it was entirely fitting that our Quisling, Vichy-esque President, as one of his first acts in office, got rid of the Churchill reminder occupying space in his office, and sent it on an ignominious trip aback to its land of origin.

And now we know, the rest of the story.

Good day.



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Comments (8)

Islam is lame, is evil, is ... (Below threshold)

Islam is lame, is evil, is leading this world to a war to end all wars. God bless them.

Echo your comments about Bo... (Below threshold)

Echo your comments about Bookwormroom.com I check in their daily and frequently find excellent material. She also has some loyal readers who contribute serious food for thought in the comments.

No wonder Barry sent that b... (Below threshold)
Pretzel Logic:

No wonder Barry sent that bust of Winston back.

Dear all Discov... (Below threshold)
World Peace:

Dear all

Discover the truth about Islam

Thank you

You know, Churchill, in add... (Below threshold)
Bruce Henry:

You know, Churchill, in addition to being a heroic leader in the darkest days of World war Two, was also a bigot, racist, colonialist diehard. He grew up thinking of all "races" other than the "Anglo-Saxon race" as benighted lesser beings, starting with the only slightly inferior "Gallic" race and progressing downward through the Slavs, Finns, "Mongols", "Semites", other aboriginal peoples, and, finally, blacks.

Churchill HAD to rationalise the fact of the British Empire. After all, if the subject peoples weren't inferior, what right did the British have to exercise dominion over their land and resources? If Islamic rulers were equal to Europeans, what right had the Europeans to extort special privileges in the Islamic world? To steal their oil, minerals, ports and strategic military bases?

OF COURSE Churchill would denigrate Islam. He was a product of the 19th Century and the era of the White Man's Burden.

Who are you going to cite next as an authority on Islam? Richard the Lionheart?

Stick a spork in it Bruce!<... (Below threshold)

Stick a spork in it Bruce!

Repeating, once again, a la... (Below threshold)
Bruce Henry:

Repeating, once again, a lame joke you didn't even make up yourself - what does that mean, 914? "Shut up" or "Whatever"?

Way to contribute, Brainiac.

Got anything to say about Churchill, genius? Or is it the case for you, as for so many here, that history began on September 11, 2001? That is, if you don't count the mythical Golden Age of Ronaldus Magnus.

I love Churchill so ... (Below threshold)
Mrs. Kette:

I love Churchill so went on line and looked for the book to find the quote. I found "The River War," the book mentioned in your post at Project Gutenber on line (www.gutenberg.org/). I also found it at http://books.google.com/. You can also read the whole book here www.fullbooks.com/The-River-War1.html. Yet, nowhere I could find the excerpt...






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