From: South Carolina, USA
I just have to note in this journal the comments of one W. Churchill, speaking to the topic of recent German protests that we are "warmongering" and too powerful.
... and who is it that is speaking, who is making these claims, why it is Herr Hitler, representing the government of Germany. Germany, the same Germany that painted Europe in blood two score years ago. Germany, a nation who considers its neighbors not just inferior, but sub-human. Germany, a country made by war, standing upon the bones of the states it conquered on its way to being a nation.
The Fleet is at Malta, they say. The fleet has been at Malta for a very long time. Malta is on no countries border, Malta, fortress and port, is part of the Empire. Let all nations sail a middle sea saluting one another under the colors of peace.
If the British Empire is strong I celebrate it, let it always be strong. If, as I fear, we are challenged across the world by powers who would turn to warfare to gain their ends, then let us go from strength to strength, let us be stronger still. The world is a better place with a strong British Empire.
Winston has a way with words, but I am bothered that Mussolini seems to let Hitler speak for him. I had hoped that Italy would go its own way.
November 19, 1938