Winston Churchill Day – What of Today’s “Iron Curtain”?

Winston Churchill day- Born to English aristocracy, son of Lord Randolph Churchill and a New York socialite, Jeanette “Jennie” Jerome.  His early education and military career shed little light on what would become his crucial role as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940-1945 and then again from 1951-1955.  Churchill is known to this day as the man who saved Britain during World War II.  Churchill never agreed with his peer Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain’s tactic of appeasing Hitler and his Nazi’s as a way to stay out of the war which inevitably pushed Chamberlain out and ushered Churchill in when Germany invaded the Netherlands, Luxembourg and France.   (http://www.biography.com/people/winston-churchill-9248164)

Churchills-ion Curtain SpeechWhat is fascinating today is to listen to Churchill’s “Iron Curtain” speech made in the U.S. at Westminster College, Fulton Missouri on March 5, 1946.  Churchill was trying to get Americans to understand what was happening in Europe.  In his speech he predicts the eventual creation of Communist separation and recommends that Britain remain separate always from combining with the rest of the countries of Europe.  Churchill actually suggests a plan to spread democracy quickly without firing a shot.  Shades of what we hear today as we face a volatile world front.  Listen to Churchill’s fearless  speech about Europe, Russia and war in the presence of then U.S. President Harry Truman. ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZBqqzxXQg4 )

 

Remembering The Cold War

On this day in 1989 President George H.W. Bush and Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev declare the COLD WAR OVER. What started as an allied relationship between the U.S. and Russia during World War II, albeit, a tense one, turned hostile once the war was over. Eventually American officials agreed to a strategy of “containment” to deal with the Soviet threat. This strategy is responsible for the unprecedented arms buildup in the U.S.

Atomic weapons, the hydrogen bomb, and nuclear weaponry all were further developed or expanded during the Cold War. And then the “Race to Space” was born, it was America’s commitment to beat the Russians to outerspace. While we did not accomplish that, we did put the first man on the moon, Neil Armstrong.

Read more about what came about during the 40 years of the Cold War.