Sunday, January 29, 2006

Churchill vs Olmert

I can't take credit for this; it's being passed around via email. But it's great, definitely food for thought.

"We shall not flag nor fail. We shall go on to the end. We shall fight in France and on the seas and oceans; we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air. We shall defend our island whatever the cost may be; we shall fight on beaches, landing grounds, in fields, in streets and on the hills. We shall never surrender and even if, which I do not for the moment believe, this island or a large part of it were subjugated and starving, then our empire beyond the seas, armed and guarded by the British Fleet, will carry on the struggle until in God's good time the New World with all its power and might, sets forth to the liberation and rescue of the Old."
Winston Churchill, June 4, 1940, speech before the House of Commons

"We are tired of fighting, we are tired of being courageous, we are tired of winning, we are tired of defeating our enemies, we want that we will be able to live in an entirely different environment of relations with our enemies."
-- Ehud Olmert, June 9, 2005, speech to Israel Policy Forum in New York.


yaak said...

Interesting comparison, even though it is a flawed one.

If Churchill would have been involved in a 58-year war, he maybe would have said the same as Olmert. And, if Olmert would have just started a war against the Arabs, he maybe would be saying the same as Churchill.

Nevertheless, the comparison in the wording is interesting.

Batya said...

...and who were the "players" in WWI? The conflict between Britain and Germany wasn't new by the time Churchill made that speech.