Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Giuliani compares Bush with Churchill

That's kind of funny, unless you consider the deep contempt for women that they share. At least Churchill was open about his. Giuliani doesn't mention that, however.


Or maybe he means they are similar in that they both are both mad imperialists who share a racist disregard for Arab lives. Quoting from here on in this post from Noam Chomsky's 'Power and Terror':

After the war, if you look at the internal secret documents, the British were considering how they were going to run Asia, now that they didn't have the military force to actually occupy it.

Air power was just coming along at that time at the end of the First World War. So the idea was to use air power to attack civilians. They figured that would be a good way to reduce the costs of crushing the barbarians. Winston Churchill, who was then the colonial secretary, didn't think that was enough. He got a request from the Royal Air Force office in Cairo asking him for permission, I am quoting it now, to use poison gas "against recalcitrant Arabs."

The recalcitrant Arabs they were talking about happened to be Kurds and Afghans, not Arabs. But, you know, by racist standards, anybody you want to kill is an Arab. So the question was, Should we use poison gas? And you have to remember, this is the First World War. Poison gas was the ultimate atrocity at that time. It was the worst thing you could imagine.

Well, this document was circulated around the British empire. The India office was resistant. They said, if you use poison gas against Kurds and Afghans, it is going to cause us problems in India, where we are having plenty of problems. There would be uprisings, and the people would be furious, and so on. They're not going to mind in England, of course, but in India they might. Churchill was outraged by this. And he said:

"I do not understand this squeamishness about the use of gas. . . I am strongly in favour of using poisoned gas against uncivilized tribes..."

By Blogger tim, at 1:12 AM  

You know, Churchill's racism is so obvious to me I didn't even mention it. But yes, the two of them have quite a bit in common, don't they?

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