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Copyright: © ©2004 Shaunna Howat
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CHURCHILL NEVER GAVE IN, AND WE MUST NOT EITHER

By: Shaunna Howat

 

Centuries ago a young ruler, under siege by his enemies, mourned aloud at the state of war in his land: “…the wicked bend the bow; they make ready their arrow upon the string to shoot in darkness at the upright in heart. If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?” (Psalm 11:2-3)

One might agree that in the centuries since King David urged his men to continue fighting against an intractable enemy, wars have never truly ended. And in the last century that has become even clearer.

Over 60 years ago Winston Churchill stood before his alma mater, Harrow School. War raged in Europe; darkness was closing in. The United States had not entered the war yet. It was October of 1941 and England stood virtually alone against Hitler.

Churchill listened to the schoolboys sing a tribute to him; then he addressed them. He spoke those words for which he is most remembered: “…never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never—in nothing, great or small, large or petty—never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.”

Today America must never give in, never, never, never. The forces that attacked on September 11 still work to defeat freedom around the world. The same tyrannical notions of world domination that Hitler and Stalin possessed still permeate the twisted minds of fanatical leaders today.

We easily get caught up in distractions—politics, the economy, scandals involving athletes or pop stars—but it’s vital to stay focused on the most important issue facing this world. An evil, murderous mob is bent on destroying freedom. It is not about oil or about imperialism; it’s about fighting a worldwide, radical movement whose goal is complete domination or death. That is the fact that we cannot forget.

When Churchill stood before embattled Londoners who were daily bombed by Germans, he did not propose to negotiate. He stood firmly, crying out against the enemy, shaking his fist: “We will have no truce or parley with you, or the grisly gang who work your wicked will. You do your worst - and we will do our best.”

His point was that when the world gets darker, people must lift their chins to face the unrelenting evil, shake their fists and storm against it. The same must be said today. We watch murderous mobs tearing apart Americans in the streets of Iraq. We learn of the beheading of an American citizen in Iraq. We hear of the arrest of terrorists, who plot to unleash violence in cities around the world, and we cringe in sympathy and rage when bombs rip apart lives.

We war against enemies who prefer murder to cooperation. And just because they have not struck on American soil in a while does not mean they are feeling friendly toward us. Churchill talked to his fellow Londoners about that during a lull in the daily bombings in July of 1941:

“All engaged in our defense forces must prepare themselves for further heavy assaults. Your organization, your vigilance, your devotion to duty, your zeal for the cause must be raised to the highest intensity.

“We do not expect to hit without being hit back, and we intend with every week that passes to hit harder. Prepare yourselves, then, my friends and comrades, for this renewal of your exertions. We shall never turn from our purpose, however sombre the road, however grievous the cost, because we know that out of this time of trial and tribulation will be born a new freedom and glory for all mankind.”

Churchill’s vision must be the same as ours. We must remember who we are fighting, and why, and what is at stake. It is so easy to forget, when we are so comfortable here in this country. But we must remember; we must never forget, never, never, never.

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