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Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Churchill's Perspective

When British politician and socialite Violet Asquith, aboard the HMS Enchantress in 1912, looked out at the Mediterranean coastline and exclaimed, "How perfect!”, Churchill, who was with her, replied, "Yes—range perfect—visibility perfect—If we had got some six-inch guns on board how easily we could bombard …” (based on David Fromkin’s book A Peace to End All Peace)

This exchange does not depict Churchill as a warmonger who would love to bombard every piece of land on which he had set his eyes. His thinking is typically masculine. He is taking a realist, practical, and masculine view of what he is before his eyes. 

Throughout history it has been the responsibility of the men to defend their land and their family from invaders. Churchill was following the masculine tradition of being prepared to defend one’s land when he said to Asquith: “Yes—range perfect—visibility perfect—If we had got some six-inch guns on board how easily we could bombard …” 

I support Churchill’s perspective.

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