Sunday, 11 August 2013

Churchill Bolshevism posters

The above images are taken from the Polish military history website dobroni.pl (do broni = to arms), although no actual details about these posters are given, other sites suggest they were produced in Warsaw during 1944. In the poster on the right, Churchill is portrayed with his eyes and ears covered by a budenovka, part of the Red Army soldier's uniform during the Russian civil war.
The posters nicely illustrate Churchill's conversion from arch-enemy of Bolshevism; active supporter of the Russian White Army during the civil war; "If I had been properly supported in 1919, I think we might have strangled Bolshvism in its cradle,"* to friend and admirer of Stalin and his murderous regime.

"The essence of Bolshevism, as opposed to many other forms of visionary political thought, is that it can only be propagated and maintained by violence. ... Power must be seized by force, force must be prepared in secret, power when gained must be exercised at the pleasure of those who have seized it, and they must exercise it in accordance with their theories undisturbed by the wishes, weaknesses, prejudices, or human sympathies of the prostrate masses subjected to their rule."
- Winston Churchill, Illustrated Sunday Herald,
January 25, 1920, p.5. 

"The foundations of world peace are strengthening among all the civilised countries of the world. That is my firm belief, but there is one country that is outside the scope of these considerations, and that is Russia. Russia is incalculable, aloof and malevolent. I want to call attention to this aspect of the question. The importation of the war metals —antimony, tungsten nickel and vanadium—there are others—which are used for the purposes of hardening steel or for other instruments of war—into Germany in 1914, exceeded five times the average for the three or four years which preceded. That is a very remarkable fact. I do not say it for a moment to suggest that the German Government were planning the War. What they were doing was putting themselves in a position of special preparation. Exactly the same phenomenon, according to my information, is repeating itself to-day in regard to Russia." - Winston Churchill, House of Commons, June 29, 1931.

In Russia we have a vast, dumb people dwelling under the discipline of a conscripted army in war-time ; a people suffering in years of peace the rigours and privations of the worst campaigns ; a people ruled by terror, fanaticisms, and the Secret Police. Here we have a state whose subjects are so happy, that they have to be forbidden to quit its bounds under the direst penalties ; whose diplomatists and agents sent on foreign missions, have often to leave their wives and children at home as hostages to ensure their eventual return. Here we have a system whose social achievements crowd five or six persons in a single room ; whose wages hardly compare in purchasing power with the British dole ; where life is unsafe ; where liberty is unknown ; where grace and culture are dying ; and where armaments and preparations for war are rife. Here is a land where God is blasphemed, and man, plunged in this world's misery, is denied the hope of mercy on both sides of the grave — his soul in the striking, protesting phrase of Robespierre, 'no more than a genial breeze dying away at the mouth of the tomb!' Here we have a power actively and ceaselessly engaged in trying to overturn existing civilizations by stealth, by propaganda, and when it dares, by bloody force. Here we have a state, three millions of whose citizens are languishing in foreign exile, whose intelligentsia have been methodically destroyed ; a state nearly half-a-million of whose citizens, reduced to servitude for their political opinions, are rotting and freezing through the Arctic night ; toiling to death in forests, mines and quarries, many for no more than indulging in that freedom of thought which has gradually raised man above the beast.
Decent, good-hearted British men and women ought not to be so airily detached from realities, that they have no word of honest indignation for such wantonly, callously-inflicted pain." 

- Winston Churchill, '"Personalities": No. 4. Lady Astor and G. Bernard Shaw,' Sunday Pictorial, August 16, 1931.

"Here I wish to say how glad we all are to know and feel that Generalissimo Stalin is still strongly holding the helm and steering his tremendous ship. Personally, I cannot feel anything but the most lively admiration for this truly great man, the father of his country, the ruler of its destinies in times of peace, and the victorious defender of its life in time of war."
- Winston Churchill, House of Commons, November 7, 1945.

"I pursue only one object, namely, the destruction of the Bolsheviks tyrannies"
- Winston Churchill, telegram, December 11, 1919.

"I have only one purpose, the destruction of Hitler,"
- Winston Churchill, Chequers, June 21, 1941.

* Churchill said this at a large press conference in Washington on June 28, 1954. Quoted in 'Churchill Advises Coolness To Prevent a Ruinous War' The New York Times, June 29, 1954 amongst others.

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