by Austin Bay
February 12, 2003
The 1930s were a tough time for Winston Churchill. Exiled to
Parliament's backbench, Churchill used elegant pen and eloquent tongue to
make the case for British rearmament. He warned the world about Adolf
Hitler -- and suffered personal attack from press and peaceniks for his
visionary understanding of evil men, their aims and the consequences of
The contrast between Churchill and Prime Minister Neville
Chamberlain -- the man who gave Czechoslovakia to Hitler -- couldn't be
"Peace in our time," Chamberlain promised Britain as he waved a
useless Munich agreement in front of news cameras. Oh, he had the rhetoric
of peace, the spin. The "feel good" posturing bought a few months of fake
Chamberlain judged himself by his "good intentions," but his
peace march and mantra were lies. Terrible events proved Chamberlain
morally, intellectually and spiritually bankrupt. Now, his name's a synonym
for sellout to the vicious and genocidal.
Churchill spoke the truth when the truth was treated with
disdain by self-described morally superior intellectuals. Churchill was also
prepared to act. Defending lands where one can tell the truth ultimately
requires blood, sweat, toil and tears. They are the price of real peace.
History never repeats itself -- time moves on, inexorably. Some
themes, however, like terrifying musical phrases, reoccur, often in a
horrifying crescendo. We call those crescendos the times that try men's
souls, and in these moments we learn a great deal about our leaders and
The challenge of confronting evil men, the challenge of backing
noble words with courageous actions, the challenge of creating peace by
blood, sweat, toil and tears instead of appeasing vicious dictators -- these
challenges face each generation.
The Chamberlains of today -- they call themselves the "antiwar
movement" -- are as deeply in denial of the stakes and consequences of
failing to defeat Iraq's Saddam Hussein and Al Qaeda's global terror machine
as Neville and the neutralists were in the 1930s when they kowtowed to
Our nouveau Nevilles ooze with the same self-absorbed "peace
cant," a monolog of conspiracy theories utterly detached from reality. Many
so-called peace rallies are so barmy they exist beyond parody. After the
gray-beard prof-type delivers an epithet-laden rant asserting President Bush
and America are more dangerous than Saddam and bin Laden, several hundred
50-ish women disrobe and spell "No War" with their naked bodies. Peace in
It's dumbfounding that many on the "peace left" claim to promote
international, multilateral action, particularly in the United Nations, for
they oppose the very policies that would strengthen the UN's ability to
In the 1930s, when Fascist Italy smashed Ethiopia and Japan
savaged China, the League of Nations complained and did nothing. The League
became a laughing stock. Failure to act when challenged by murderous tyrants
Failure to confront the tyrants of today will kill the United
Nations. Finishing Saddam is about enforcing multilateral resolutions. In
the wake of Desert Storm, U.N. Security Council resolutions mandated that
Saddam give up his weapons of mass destruction (WMD).
The United Nations made a commitment to force Saddam's regime to
abide by the rules of a civilized world and eliminate his WMD and delivery
systems. But Saddam has made a mockery of disarmament and the resolutions.
Anyone who claims to believe in multilateral action has to
support Saddam's removal or conclude that the U.N. resolutions which shaped
Desert Storm were a charade. And if they were a charade, then prepare for a
world where the power of evil men is magnified.
Secretary of State Colin Powell provided evidence that Iraq helped Al Qaeda
murder the a US official in Jordan. So the master of the terror
state and Al Qaeda's terrorists do consult and connive. That deadly
connection must be severed before we face a nuclear 9-11.
Thus, U.N. words must be supported by forceful deeds.
Who's going to join the United States in finally fulfilling that
The answer is, those with the spine and courage to defend
democracy, to extend liberty to Iraq's oppressed and to create the
conditions that promote peace in this imperfect world. It's the swath of
this generation inspired by Churchill, not the angry, crank offspring of