Had he lived this long, former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, a Tory's Tory, would have turned 130-years-old on this very day. November 30, 2004.
A friend sent me some words on Churchill by historian John Lukacs, and some of them seemed especially compelling for this day and age:
Hitler could not understand the romantic springs of English sentiment; he mistook Churchill's bravery for mere panache; Churchill's peculiar compound of resolution and nonchalance was one of the few things which remained far beyond the reach of Hitler's wild and powerful mind.Now, President George W. Bush is no Winston Churchill, and certainly French President Jacques Chirac is not Adolf Hitler, but the same statement applies in another context.
Chirac could not understand the romantic springs of American sentiment; he mistook Bush's bravery for mere panache; Bush's peculiar compound of resolution and nonchalance was one of the few things which remained far beyond the reach of Chirac's wild and powerful mind.The power of Chirac's mind is, to be sure, open for debate, but it's a nice fit otherwise.
Happy birthday in heaven, Sir Winston.