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Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Churchill's Comments on Islam

Sir Winston Churchill's comment on Islam, from The River War, first edition, Vol. II, pages 248-250 (London: Longmans, Green & Co., 1899).

"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 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. Individual Moslems may show splendid qualities. 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 civilization of modern Europe might fall, as fell the civilization of ancient Rome."

Remember, this was written 106 years ago. Not much has changed.

The lefty loons still don't get it after over 100 years of it being pointed out to them. You'd think that they'd get the point after it was driven home by airliners in NY. Makes you realize that they'll never get it.
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The Matrix said...
Big Congrats to Neo Con for digging this up. This is a killer post. Churchill speaks from the grave about today, with greater truth and eloquence than can be heard from our own living leaders. Where is our Churchill today?
Joe Gelman
It absolutely applies to today. God bless Churchill - one of my heroes. I echo Matrix when he asks, 'Where is our Churchill today?'
As I posted in my 'Simon Was Right Post...,' there is no leadership on any side on the aisle.

Where is the next Reagan?
Where is Andy Jackson?
Where is DP Moynihan?
Where is Roosevelt (the good one), Washington, Jefferson...

I just don't see anyone, right or left, that possesses some if not any of the qualities that made these people great.
Congress, and Judges accross the country, have created a political environment that is extremely hostile for a well meaning, common sense oriented leader. Remember the Tom Clancy book where a terrorist flew an airplane into the Capitol Building and wiped out 90% of the sitting government? As disgusting as it sounds, it may take something just as drastic to bring back a capable government that is truly of the people (and hopefully, FOR the people).
I'm reading that book right now jarhead john. Boy howdy - lemme tell ya - the new pres. is giving China holy hell! It's a beautiful thing if only in our imagination.
Wow..I had never heard this..yes he does speak from the grave..sigh.
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