Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Churchillian Rhetoric.

'On March 6, 1947, ... Winston Churchill rose to speak in the House of Commons, to denounce plans to leave India as a 'cut-and-run' philosophy he called "Operation Scuttle." "How can one suppose that the thousand-year gulf which yawns between Muslim and Hindu will be bridged[...]?... How can we walk out of India [...] and leave behind us a war between 90 million Muslims and 200 million caste Hindus? ... Let us not add--by shameful flight, by a premature, hurried scuttle--to the pangs of sorrow many of us feel, the taint and smear of shame." '

(Note: slight change in wording to make passage clearer: also, emphasis added).


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