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The British Declaration of War
In today's climate of wishy-washy politicians, Political Correctness, and everybody trying to please everybody else, I wanted to place in these pages a record of why Britain and the Commonwealth went to war against Nazi Germany.
This was a time where the nation's leaders decided that they were going to stand up for what is right and work against that which is wrong, a distinction that becomes all too blurred nowadays.
For this purpose, there could be no better words than those of the then Prime Minister, Mr. Neville Chamberlain. Study them carefully. For all Chamberlain's supposed failings, they contain much wisdom that is very relevant today - although not, of course, with regard to today's Germany!
"I am speaking to you from the Cabinet Room at 10, Downing Street.
This morning the British Ambassador in Berlin handed the German Government a final note stating that unless we heard from them by 11.00 a.m. that they were prepared at once to withdraw their troops from Poland, a state of war would exist between us.
I have to tell you that no such undertaking has been received, and that consequently this country is at war with Germany.
You can imagine what a bitter blow it is to me that all my long struggle to win peace has failed. Yet I cannot believe that there is anything more, or anything different, I could have done, and that would have been more successful.
Up to the very last it would have been quite possible to have arranged a peaceful and honourable settlement between Germany and Poland, but Hitler would not have it. He had evidently made up his mind to attack Poland whatever happened; and although he now says he has put forward reasonable proposals which were rejected by the Poles, that is not a true statement.
The proposals were never shown to the Poles nor to us; and although they were announced in the German broadcast on Thursday night, Hitler did not wait to hear comments on them but ordered his troops to cross the Polish frontier the next morning.
His actions show convincingly that there is no chance of expecting that this man will ever give up his practice of using force to gain his will. He can only be stopped by force.
We and France are today, in fulfilment of our obligations, going to the aid of Poland, who is so bravely resisting this wicked and unprovoked attack on her people. We have a clear conscience. We have done all that any country could do to establish peace, but a situation in which no word given by Germany's ruler could be trusted, and no people or country could feel itself safe, had become intolerable.
And now that we have resolved to finish it, I know that you will play your part with calmness and courage.
At such a moment as this the assurances of support that we have received from the Empire are a source of profound encouragement to us.
When I have finished speaking certain detailed announcements will be made on behalf of the Government. Give these your closest attention.
The Government have made plans under which it will be possible to carry on the work of the nation in the days of stress and strain that may be ahead. But these plans need your help.
You may be taking part in the fighting Services or as a volunteer in one of the branches of civil defence. If so you will report for duty in accordance with the instructions you have received.
You may be engaged in work essential to the prosecution of war for the maintenance of the life of the people – in factories, in transport, in public utility concerns or in the supply of other necessaries of life. If so, it is of vital importance that you should carry on with your jobs.
Now may God bless you all. May He defend the right. It is the evil things that we shall be fighting against – brute force, bad faith, injustice, oppression and persecution – and against them I am certain that the right will prevail."
Neville Chamberlain, September 3rd, 1939
The Second World War was fought, amongst other reasons, to perserve our British way of life, and to prevent our country from being taken over by the Nazi thought police. Today, the relentless spread of the phenomenon known as Political Correctness threatens our way of life in a far more insidious way than masses of Panzers, stormtroopers and Heinkels, but will be just as effective if it's allowed to continue unabated.
For this reason, I include here a link to one of the main groups opposing this plague on our society. Click the logo below for more information.
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