On Winston Churchill and Islam
A bit of important 20th Century history, and a recent distortion of it.
The Independent recently wrote some historically questionable things about the former Winston Churchill possibly converting to Islam in his younger years.
The article carried a background sentiment that, if Churchill was considering converting to Islam, then it must not be so bad.
The article sanitized things, however, by plastering the journalists' empty opinions over the central facts being reported, and which do not support the headlines. The Independent article, and most copy-cat iterations of it, also failed to make public the full text of a well-known quote about Islam from Churchill. It is worthwhile to repeat, as it goes against the current trend of PC white-wash about Islamic "peace" and such.
Here is the full quote:
"How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy. The effects are apparent in many countries. Improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live. A degraded sensualism deprives this life of its grace and refinement; the next of its dignity and sanctity. The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property - either as a child, a wife, or a concubine - must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men.
Thousands become the brave and loyal soldiers of the Queen: all know how to die but the influence of the religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists in the world. Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytizing faith. It has already spread throughout Central Africa, raising fearless warriors at every step; and were it not that Christianity is sheltered in the strong arms of science, the science against which it had vainly struggled, the civilisation of modern Europe might fall, as fell the civilisation of ancient Rome."
Churchill, The River War, 1899, p.248-250.
True in 1899, and prophetic today.
The probable reason for the failure of so many newspapers to provide the full 1899 quote is, that it immediately undercuts claims that Churchill was "obsessed" with Islam in any positive manner, or in danger of conversion, as the articles implied. But also, reciting that full Churchill quote in public can get you arrested in the UK -- this Daily Mail article gives the details on that.
"Hate speech" don't you know? The PC mind-control police re-write history, but arrest you for daring to say in public what runs against their agendas!
Those newspaper-internet articles are a lesson in subtle historical revisionism. They quoted materials from one letter by Churchill's forthcoming sister-in-law, Lady Bertie, and made up a fantastic headline as if Churchill was in danger of becoming a follower of Muhammed. It was then exaggerated as many members of his family "begging him" to please not convert to Islam. The authors of those articles did not consider (or if so, did not write) that Lady Bertie must have known some accurate things about Islam, which underlay her concerns that the young Winston ought not to convert. She also may have written that letter fully "tongue-in-cheek" as a worrisome joke, given how the young Churchill was at the time known to occasionally put on Arab dress at certain parties hosted by one of his military drinking buddies, where booze and girls were abundant, and many of the young men attending dressed likewise. A kind of swashbuckling "Lawrence of Arabia" thing, and certainly not any kind of serious male-only Koran lessons.
In so doing, the newspapers once again fabricated a controversy where none existed, possibly to help sagging newspaper sales, or as an expression of their never-ending pro-Islam (and anti-UKIP) sentiments. Even Professor Warren Docktor, who brought Lady Bertie's letter into the public, openly said there was no chance of Churchill converting. And aside from Lady Bertie, it appears, nobody in his family was "begging" him in any manner about Islam. Well, maybe they did ask him to bring home one of those nifty Bedouin head-dresses on the next trip overseas.
The articles also mentioned, as evidence, the fact that Churchill agreed with a proposal to build a mosque in London some thirty years later in 1940, as if the mature Churchill held personal sympathies to Islam. But that claim, which was partly true in small portions -- he did approve of funds for such a use -- screams for elucidation of historical facts not mentioned in the articles, and which run exactly opposite to the article's suggested conclusions.
The Muslim world of 1940 was in rapture about Hitler and the Nazis, getting weapons, financial and propaganda support from Germany, to stimulate Islamic revolt against the British Protectorate then overseeing many of the new nations set up by the Treaty of Versailles. The Nazis and Muslims also had a shared hatred of Jews, and Muslims were absolutely delighted with Nazi Germany about that -- many still are. "Heil Haidar" was a greeting widespread among Muslims, Hitler being given the Muslim name "Muhammad Haidar", and even "Heil Rommel" became popular as a Muslim greeting in North Africa. The nation of Persia also change its name to "Iran" ("Aryan") around 1935, in part due to fascinations with Nazi supremacist and military influences. Arab nationalist movements, and Baath Socialism were thereby stimulated or amplified and skewed by Nazi meddling. On the European home front, 1940 saw the Nazis defeat the British and French forces in Western Europe, followed by the evacuation at Dunkirk, then the Battle for Britain in the air, and the London blitz. It was an extremely bad time for Britain, before the Luftwaffe was defeated, before the USA got into the fight.
Churchill's mosque-approval was a part of larger and mostly ineffectual measures taken at those times, calling upon Muslims both in and outside of the British Empire, to fight on their side and not with the Nazis. With few exceptions, Muslim factions in WW2 joined with the Nazis, just as their Islamic Ottoman ancestors joined with the German Kaiser and Austrian Emperor during WW1.
Interesting, the Jews of the region then under the British Protectorate of Palestine organized a Jewish Brigade that fought alongside British General Montgomery. The only Muslim Brigade was the 13th Waffen SS Bosnian Handshars (so named after a kind of butcher knife), who fought on the side of Hitler in the Balkans under the command of the bisexual pedophile and war-criminal Haj Amin al-Husseini, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem. Under the Mufti's command, the Handshars committed massive genocide and war crimes against Christian and Jewish populations across the region.
That was another example of how mullahs serve as simultaneous religious, political and military leaders. Grand Mufti al-Husseini fled Jerusalem when the British were about to arrest him for instigating bloody Muslim Arab riots against the Jews of Palestine in the 1930s, whereupon he fled all the way to Germany. Once in Nazi territory, he got a warm welcome from Hitler, with a budget and operational facility for continued pro-Nazi activities, located in a formerly Jewish-owned chatteau in Vichy France. After the war with old Vichy French help he managed to escape the hangman's noose by fleeing to Nasser's Egypt. From there, he was responsible for fanning the flames of Egyptian wars against Jews in Israel, setting up networks for old German SS war criminals to escape into Middle East, where they adopted Muslim names and dress, often converting to Islam. Several became generals in the Egyptian military where they led the 1948 invasions to claim chunks of the newly-created Jewish state of Israel. Those were religious jihad Jewish extermination campaigns, that in the early days quickly over-ran many Jewish settlements, committing massacre and rape, and leaving no survivors. Fortunately, the outnumbered and outgunned Israelis fought like lions, and sent the 6 different Muslim armies fleeing back across their borders to lick their wounds.
The wretched old Mufti continued his dirty work from Egypt, however, having Hitler's book Mein Kampf translated into various Muslim languages, along with other primary Nazi texts. His primary love-boy disciple in those post-war years was one Yassir Arafat, who continued the cause of Jewish extermination until his death in 2004, helped along the way by both neo-Nazis and Western political Leftists, who quickly became the new carriers of the virus of Jew-hate. And so they still are, though frequently more cloaked and subtle, and "scholarly", re-writing every little bit of history they could, according to the proven methods of Nazi Gleichschaltung.
The British gesture of building a Grand Mosque in London, with approval from Churchill, therefore, was a calculated but ultimately doomed effort to win Muslim "hearts and minds" -- Hitler already had conquered that biophysical territory, with help from the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem! These newspaper "reports" about Churchill and Islam are yet another example of how critical facts on 20th Century history are today being turned upside-down by Leftist and neo-Nazi Islam-apologists, in ways that if reported in factual context, would be too revealing about the horrors of Islamic sentiments and history. The journalists take a great license by inserting their revisionist opinions into these articles, meanwhile concealing through lies of omission very interesting and centrally-important contrary material, that leads in entirely different directions.
That was a time when the battle lines between freedom and slavery were drawn far more accurately than what we see today, where Communist or Islamic utopian slavery is promoted as freedom, and freedom denigrated as slavery.
PS. Churchill also said "the lie gets halfway around the world before the truth can even get its trousers on," a sentiment made also several times by Wilhelm Reich with different words, when complaining about how the left-wing press of his day engaged in wholesale slander against his work and person. Though it appears both men probably got their ideas from Mark Twain, who once noted the same, but said "...before the truth can get its boots on".
PPS. Churchill also noted, in honest humor, "You can always count on the Americans to do the right thing -- after they have tried everything else." Certainly frequently true, but not just for Americans.
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The Mufti of Jerusalem and the Nazis: The Berlin Years
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