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Sunday, 25 February 2007
Winston Churchill

Winston Churchill

This oversized, and rather menacing, statue of Winston Churchill in Parliament Square in London reminded me that one person’s war hero is another’s war criminal.

I am strongly in favour of using poisoned gas against uncivilized tribes. The moral effect should be so good that the loss of life should be reduced to a minimum. It is not necessary to use only the most deadly gasses: gasses can be used which cause great inconvenience and would spread a lively terror and yet would leave no serious permanent effects on most of those affected.


I do not understand this squeamishness about the use of gas. I am strongly in favour of using poison gas against uncivilized tribes. The moral effects should be good, and it would spread a lively terror.

Although the actual use of chemical weapons against the Kurds by the British in the 1920s is disputed, it is known that in the 1990s the government removed records on this subject and Churchill’s role in it from public access. For more about Churchill see here. In his personal life he seems to have been a difficult character. My favourite quote (allegedly) by him is when he replied to Lady Astor’s “If I was your wife I would put poison in your coffee” with “Nancy, if I was your husband I would drink it”.

Posted by bigblue on 25/02/2007 at 02:47 PM
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