Sunday, February 05, 2006

The view of Winston Churchill on Muslims

I am a great admirer of Winston Churchill. Not that I agree with everything he stood for. But do remember he lived in different times and undoubtedly was a great statesman.

I thank the Brussel Journal for this article:

Appeasing British authorities who chose not to react to Muslim fanatics, would do well to ponder Winston Churchill’s words “England has been offered a choice between war and shame. She has chosen shame and will get war.” Moderate Muslims are appalled at what happened in London.

On Saturday, Asghar Bukhari, chairman of the Muslim Public Affairs Committee, said the demonstration in London on Friday should have been stopped by police because the group had been advocating violence.

And here is Churchill’s view on Islam (from The River War, first edition, Vol. II, pp. 248-50. London: Longmans, Green & Co., 1899):

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. Individual Moslems may show splendid qualities. 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.


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