Saturday, July 29, 2006

Churchill Spins In His Grave

Nicholas Soames MP is a past chairman of the Conservative Middle East Council, the pro-Palestinian lobby group which, if Fraser Nelson is to be believed, is becoming increasingly influential within the Tory Party. Soames is also Winston Churchill’s grandson, all though you wouldn’t know it from his effort on Any Questions this week:
I think that what Israel has done is out of all proportion and to take down the infrastructure of Lebanon in the way that they have done and to create 600,000 people on the move in that country I think is a terrible thing to have done. And I think the British government have been dilatory in not calling for a much earlier ceasefire. I’ve seen the press conference tonight - I saw the Prime Minister and the President on the television -and I can understand the way that they feel they have to move in an organised way towards trying to get a meaningful ceasefire but it’s not enough I think to sit on the sidelines for this length of time without an absolute condemnation of the most grotesque barbarity inflicted on the people of Lebanon.
I see the MSM/UN/Hezbollah propaganda is working then.

Thank God for all of us Soames' grandfather wasn’t such a great blubbing wuss. And he was a true friend of Israel:
"I think it is a most wonderful thing that this community should have established itself so effectively, turning the desert into fertile gardens and thriving townships, and should have afforded refuge to millions of their co-religionists who suffered so fearfully under Hitler, and not only under Hitler, persecution. I think it is a wonderful thing." In a conversation with Israel's Ambassador in London, Eliyahu Elath, Churchill referred to Israel's population as "the sons of the prophets dwelling in Zion."

Churchill's attitude toward Zionism and the State of Israel was distinctively positive, the images he entertained bordering on the romantic. In this respect, Churchill had no equal among British politicians and officials in the first half of the 1950s. On almost any question pertaining to the country, Churchill's rhetoric, more than any other decision-maker or official, was distinctively pro-Israel, reflecting, beyond political considerations and a pure judgement of principle, an emotional attachment to that country and the case it presented.

Thus, on the Suez Canal blockade by Egypt against Israel in 1956, Churchill made it clear to the Foreign Office that "I do not mind it being known here or in Cairo that I am on the side of Israel and her ill-treatment by the Egyptians." On the fate of Jerusalem, Churchill urged Evelyn Shuckburgh, Assistant Under-Secretary at the Foreign Office, "You ought to let the Jews have Jerusalem; it is they who made it famous."
Would Churchill be demanding condemnation of Israel for defending itself against Hezbollah? No way.

Update. Marc has video of the press conference which so disappointed Soames. Blair gets it right.

7 Comments:

Blogger Charles Martel said...

"The influence of the religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists in the world"

Winston Churchill on Islam, 1899

8:30 pm  
Blogger Prodicus said...

'The Jews made Jerusalem famous'. He could also have said they bloody well FOUNDED it, BUILT it, NAMED it and LIVED in it for millennia before Islam was even a twinkle in Mohammed's eye.

11:02 pm  
Blogger Sperestillan said...

Aye. Totally agree.

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Blogger Rastaman said...

For those who revere the memory of Sir Winston Churchill, as they well should, I'm frequently astonished by the mouthings of so many who are against Israel and the Jews. Israel is the only ally we have in the entire Middle East against Islamic aggression and needs to be strongly supported.

Rastaman
www.islamanazi.com

5:53 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://www.antiwar.com/spectator/spec280.html

try reading this

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