Winston Churchill Addresses A Joint Session Of Congress on December 26, 1941

Winston Churchill Addresses A Joint Session Of Congress on December 26, 1941: Winston Churchill was a titan among men. Before the United States and the Russians got into WW2, only Winston Churchill’s leadership and the bravery of Britain’s people saved Europe from being pinned under a Nazi boot. Nineteen days after Pearl Harbor, Churchill spoke before Congress to talk of the war that had now engulfed both our nations. The US was mobilizing but the Japanese had struck us a terrible blow at Pearl Harbor and much like today, we were years away from seeing the end of war. This is not one of Churchill’s most famous speeches, but it’s good and much of it is still relevant to ‘war on terrorism’ today. Here are a few memorable quotes from the speech…

“…Sure I am that this day – now we are the masters of our fate; that the task which has been set us is not above our strength; that its pangs and toils are not beyond our endurance. As long as we have faith in our cause and an unconquerable will-power, salvation will not be denied us. In the words of the Psalmist, ‘He shall not be afraid of evil tidings; his heart is fixed, trusting in the Lord.’ Not all the tidings will be evil.”

“…Lastly, if you will forgive me for saying it, to me the best tidings of all is that the United States, united as never before, have drawn the sword for freedom and cast away the scabbard”

“…Many people have been astonished that Japan should in a single day have plunged into war against the United States and the British Empire….They have certainly embarked upon a very considerable undertaking. For after the outrages they have committed upon us at Pearl Harbour, in the Pacific Islands, in the Philippines, in Malaya, and in the Dutch East Indies, they must now know that the stakes for which they have decided to play are mortal….What kind of a people do they think we are? Is it possible they do not realise that we shall never cease to persevere against them until they have been taught a lesson which they and the world will never forget?”

“…Five or six years ago it would have been easy, without shedding a drop of blood, for the United States and Great Britain to have insisted on fulfilment of the disarmament clauses of the treaties which Germany signed after the Great War; that also would have been the opportunity for assuring to German those raw materials which we declared in the Atlantic Charter should not be denied to any nation, victor or vanquished. That chance has passed. It is gone.”

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