Churchill Munich Agreement Quote

5 Dec

We are invited to vote in favour of this proposal which has been put forward in the document and it is certainly a very undisputed proposal, as is the amendment that has been postponed by the opposition. For my part, I am not in a position to agree with the measures taken and, since the Chancellor of the Exchequer has put his side so forcefully, I will try to approach the matter from a different angle, if I may. I have always believed that peacekeeping depends on the accumulation of deterrents against the aggressor, with a sincere effort to remedy the situation. Mr. Hitler`s victory was, like so many famous fights that determined the fate of the world, the closest. It is often thought that Churchill made a similar remark to Neville Chamberlain directly in Munich. The place usually mentioned is the House of Commons. But Churchill never spoke to anyone like that, in or out of Parliament. William Manchesters The Last Lion, Volume 2, which quotes Moyne`s remark on page 334, continues (364): in a 1906 election speech, he is quoted as saying: “Men will forgive everything to a man except bad prose.” Dominique Enright said: “Churchill`s love for words was most evident in the way he enjoyed playing with them.” Churchill used this speech to discover Hitler`s expansionist tendencies immediately after Germany`s annexation of Austria and the Sudetenland.

He strongly criticized Neville Chamberlain and his government for approving Hitler`s annexation of the Sudetenland and said, “Instead of taking his victuals off the table, [Hitler] merely served them.” Churchill saw the Munich agreement as a show of weakness that disrupted the balance of continental power, and argued that the agreement would not prevent the outbreak of war or guarantee that Hitler would change his behaviour. Many other quotations, subjects as different as drinking, politics and animals can be found in The Wicked Wit of Winston Churchill, compiled by Dominique Enright (Michael O`Mara Books Ltd, 2001) This week 1938 Winston Churchill delivered one of the most remarkable speeches of the 20th century, his condemnation of the Munich Agreement. In the agreement, British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain agreed to allow Adolf Hitler`s Germany to annex the Sudetenland, a German-dominated province of Czechoslovakia. Hitler had already revealed his hatred of the Jews and his imperial ambitions in Europe.