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Eighty years and one month ago to the day, Winston Churchill delivered his famous “We shall fight on the beaches” speech to Parliament. That speech, probably Churchill’s finest, is most famous for its litany of desperate battlefields upon which England was prepared to defend herself: on the seas, the beaches, the hills and roads and fields of that tiny but then-powerful nation.
But what I find most moving about it is its conclusion:
[W]e shall never surrender, and if, which I do not for a 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, would carry on the struggle, until, in God’s good time, the New World, with all its power and might, steps forth to the rescue and the liberation of the old.
America is, of course, the New World of which he spoke, and step forth she did with all her power and might. Five years later, on September 2, 1945, our warplanes darkened the sky over Tokyo Bay as, on the deck of the US Battleship Missouri, the Japanese Empire surrendered and World War II ended.
That was the beginning of the current age of peace, Pax Americana, the longest interval in human history without a war between the great powers.
Man needs freedom, and that freedom depends on western civilization and its unique values. Western civilization, today as much as eighty years ago, needs America, both as a practical necessity and as a beacon of hope and light.
We are history’s greatest achievement. We are the bulwark. Don’t let anyone convince you otherwise.Published in