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May 19, 2007

Comparing Churchill, Blair

Steve Breen’s political cartoon “Legacies” (5/15, Opinion) demonstrates a serious misreading of history.

Winston Churchill had to become Britain’s “bulldog” because his predecessor, Neville Chamberlain, played Adolf Hitler’s “lapdog” trying to appease the rising menace when a show a strength could have contained him. As a result, Hitler and his Nazi “crazies” went on to co-opt Germany’s people and treasure in a worldwide tragedy that led to millions of deaths.

Tony Blair’s successor will not have to play the bulldog because Blair has not kowtowed to the Muslim fanatic fringe, but rather has confronted and contained them at every turn. Fortunately, some people learn from history. Others are bound to repeat it.

Graham Marcott



"And I still haven't heard from you on the crucial issue: What would you do to prevent the continuing murders of your fellow citizens by Islamic

I thought the invasion of Afghanistan was the right thing to do. It is a job that has been half done - like Iraq now. I just read that al-Qaida is in approx. 60 countries. It would not surprise me if the people expected these same troops to take on all 60 of these countries - that's exactly the feeling I have gotten. Everybody says the support the troops. But I don't think they even follow the war and the type of people on this site are all politics or they just think Bush can do no wrong.

One of my favorite columns when the war first started was by Clarence Page and he said that when he was a troop he thought the people back home should do more than wave their little flags and sing their tearful anthems (I have borrowed that saying quite often). I feel like this country has let the troops down entirely.

Of course, I realize that people here believe that their leaders will ultimately do the right thing. Those days are gone. I am not into politics. But, I have no respect for this president, he is only interested in saving his own reputation, he can't admit when he is wrong and he has taken advantage of this war to push through an agenda to benefit himself and people like him and I will continue to do everything in my power to throw the whole rotten bunch out.

There is only one thing you can do. You have to be smarter than them. You have to have the intel and you have to have the allies and you have to have the respect of the rest of the people in this world for them to cooperate with you and this administration has in their arrogance has burned a lot of bridges.

I think you are all a bunch of ignorant cowards.


Et tu, brute


You didn't see the cartoon, but you're going to tell us all about it anyway and use it to rant against the "left-wing media."

Mark, you are a prize. God, I hope I never have the misfortune of being around you in person.

Mark Robertson

Great letter Graham. I didn't see the cartoon, but it was likely just the latest left-winged media attempt to preemptively fend off credit for Prime Minister Blair or President Bush for their steadfast and great leadership in confronting terrorism.
Recently, the pathetic Newsweek had a cover story asking where the next Truman is.
I didn't read it, nor do I plan to, but this is also a left-winged media attempt to fend off comparsions between President Bush and President Truman. Like Truman, Bush is low in the polls and some are comparing his situation to Truman's. Newsweek is just trying to lay the groundwork to attempt to stop historians from praising Bush in the future. Many think Truman is now one of the great Presidents. That is the last thing Newsweek wants future generations to think of President Bush. The left-winged media is so transparent, but the funny thing is, they think they aren't.
Honest historians will treat President Bush and Prime Minister Blair kindly for their firm resolve against terrorism in the face of relentless criticism and low approval ratings. Better known as leadership.
One slight disagreement Graham. I think Churchill was and Bush and Blair are more interested in victory over the enemy rather than containment. Thankyou.

Mark Robertson

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