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To: shotdog; Hardraade
"What General Weygand called the Battle of France is over. I expect that the Battle of Britain is about to begin. Upon this battle depends the survival of Christian civilization. Upon it depends our own British life, and the long continuity of our institutions and our Empire. The whole fury and might of the enemy must very soon be turned on us.

Hitler knows that he will have to break us in this Island or lose the war. If we can stand up to him, all Europe may be free and the life of the world may move forward into broad, sunlit uplands. But if we fail, then the whole world, including the United States, including all that we have known and cared for, will sink into the abyss of a new Dark Age made more sinister, and perhaps more protracted, by the lights of perverted science.

Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves that if the British Empire and its Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will still say, 'This was their finest hour.'

In my opinion, one of the greatest orations of all time. Gives me goosebumps to read it.

7 posted on 03/23/2013 4:01:55 PM PDT by rlmorel (1793 French Jacobins and 2012 American Liberals have a lot in common.)
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To: rlmorel
If I may...

"What Barack Obama called the Battle to Enforce Liberalism is over. I expect that the new Battle is about to begin. Upon this battle depends the survival of American civilization. Upon it depends our own way of life, and the long continuity of our institutions and our future. The whole fury and might of the enemy must very soon be turned on us.

Obama knows that he will have to break us in this battle or lose the war. If we can stand up to him, all America may be free and the life of the world may move forward into broad, sunlit uplands. But if we fail, then the whole world, including our United States, including all that we have known and cared for, will sink into the abyss of a new Dark Age made more sinister, and perhaps more protracted, by the lights of perverted science. Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves that if America and her Allies last for a thousand years, men will still say, 'This was their finest hour.

And I consider myself lucky to have shared the air with Sir Winston, a true statesman of the first order!

15 posted on 03/23/2013 5:42:23 PM PDT by W. (It's five o'clock somewhere...)
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To: rlmorel

One of my all time favorites, as well.

Listen here: http://ia601207.us.archive.org/26/items/WinstonS.ChurchillsWarSpeeches/Churchill400618IrFinestHour.mp3


21 posted on 03/23/2013 7:48:59 PM PDT by Peter W. Kessler (Dirt is for racing... asphalt is for getting there.)
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