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Churchill's roar and Bush's peep

Churchill's roar and Bush's peep

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Bush is faulted for using an us-against-them world view to direct his rhetoric. But another wartime leader used a no less dualistic world view to exhort his nation to heroism during World War II. So what was it about Winston Churchill's leadership that made that work for him and not for Bush?
Bush is faulted for using an us-against-them world view to direct his rhetoric. But another wartime leader used a no less dualistic world view to exhort his nation to heroism during World War II. So what was it about Winston Churchill's leadership that made that work for him and not for Bush?

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This approach has been widely condemned as flawed even simple — and ultimately dangerous. That many of those who are fighting against America share similarly strident viewsabout good and evil has donenothing to quell the criticism.But in the longing for a morenuanced view of the world — anappeal to see the grayness of things — Mr. Bush’s critics fail toacknowledge that some of history’s biggest figures saw things in terms just as stark.Chief among them is WinstonChurchill, the endlessly fascinating prime minister of Great Britain whose great flawsand astounding foresight — notto mention mesmerizing oratory helped steer his nation back from the brink of destructionduring World War II.Throughout the 1930s, many of Britain’s leading figures hadexplained away the risingmilitarism in Germany as a natural, if regrettable, outcome of the Treaty of Versailles. Churchillhimself called Hitler “this
TROY OXFORD/ Staff illustration
Stark reality 
Is Bush channeling Churchill by saying some enemies are simply evil? asks
Michael Lindenberger
F
ew criticisms of President Bush have found a widerchorus of acceptance than the notion that hiscampaign against al-Qaeda has been marred by  world view of good versus evil, us versus them. Mr. Bushhas referred to Islamic terrorists as “evil doers,” to thenations of Iraq, Syria and Iran as the “axis of evil” and, onthe eve of the Iraq war, told the world “you are either withus or against us in the fight against terror.”
“You ask what is ourpolicy. I will say, it is towage war with all ourmight, with all thestrength that God cangive us, to wage waragainst a monstroustyranny, neversurpassed in the dark,lamentable catalogueof human crime. Youask what is our aim? Ican answer in oneword: Victory. Victoryat all costs. Victory inspite of all terror.Victory however longand hard the road maybe. For withoutvictory there is nosurvival.”
Winston Churchill
in his firstspeech as Prime Minister, 1940
“If we were not fightingand destroying thisenemy in Iraq, theywould not be idle. Theywould be plotting andkilling Americansacross the world andwithin our ownborders. By fightingthese terrorists in Iraq,Americans in uniformare defeating a directthreat to the Americanpeople. … We will neverback down. We willnever give in. And wewill never acceptanything less thancomplete victory.
George Bush
in his “Strategy forVictory” speech, October 2005
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