“Winston Churchill Got a Lot of Things Wrong, But One Big Thing Right” -Daily Beast

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Summary: ‘ For those who lament the decline of British hegemony, it’s also fair to identify that Churchill’s career begins with the sun never setting on the British Empire and ends with England being eclipsed by the Soviets and the New World. A young Churchill also toyed with the in other words of eugenics, including the feasiblity of sterilizing the “unfit.” I’m more interested, however, in Churchill’s years as prime minister, when he heroically eschewed a negotiated peace with Hitler and, instead, rallied his tiny island nation to stand alone against Nazism. As part of Operation Keelhaul, Churchill signed off of on the forced repatriation of peoples (many of whom had never been Soviet citizens) to the Soviet Union.

In the pursuit of surviving what he rightly viewed as an existential battle against Nazism, Churchill contemplated using chemical warfare against German civilians. Churchill’s all-time prerecord of leadership is far more complicated than almost all Americans realize—and no, I’m not just talking about his bibulous, checkered record before becoming prime minister. As Adam Kirsch put it in 2008, “The reason he returned from exile to be named prime minister in May 1940, England’s darkest hour, wasn’t because he was a perfect statesman, but because he was indomitable.” Indeed, he was. On the heels of the 2016 TV series The Crown (where John Lithgow portrays him) comes the Darkest Hour: a new film that focuses on Churchill’s leadership during such time miraculous Dunkirk evacuation.

Churchill is proof that complicated, and imperfect people shall be able to still do remarkable things—that, actually , we desperately need them….Read The Full Article Here

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