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Saturday, July 22, 2006

Winston Churchill and World War III

A pitiful Winston Churchill wanna-be and former Speaker of the House is making news for declaring World War III.

When Newt Gingrich stands in front of television cameras to issue a statement about World War III, he comes across as a miserable failure, especially when compared to lofty Churchillian standards.

"World War III has begun, and the nation's leadership is failing to deal with this reality" said, "former" speaker Gingrich appearing on NBC's "Meet the Press" with Tim Russert.

Gingrich explained that "today is not the fifth day of the war, it's the 58th year of the effort by those who want to destroy Israel."

Just who is "former" Gingrich to make a public statement of this magnitude and why would he want to make such horrible noise?

In Churchillian words, Gingrich "...has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire."

Moreover, where is President George Bush when a wanna-be like Gingrich is on the media attempting to make Churchillian comments?

Where are the great orators when we need them? As Churchill said, "It is no use saying, 'We are doing our best.' You have got to succeed in doing what is necessary."

Gingrich doesn't say anything we don't already know as he supports his World War III statement. For example, Britian's home secretary says there are 20 terrorist groups with 1,200 terrorists in Britain. Additionally:

  • Seven people in Miami videotaped pledging allegiance to al-Qaida.
  • Eighteen people in Canada being picked up with twice the explosives that were used in Oklahoma City (note: not related to World War III, by the way), with an explicit threat to bomb the Canadian parliament, and saying they'd like to behead the Canadian prime minister.
  • In New York City, reports that in three different countries people were plotting to destroy the tunnels of New York.

"Gingrich explained: 'We are in the early stages of what I would describe as the third world war, and frankly, our bureaucracies aren't responding fast enough. We don't have the right attitude about this . . . And frankly, the Israelis have every right to insist that every single missile leave south Lebanon and that the United States ought to be helping the Lebanese government have the strength to eliminate Hezbollah as a military force, not as a political force in the parliament, but as a military force in south Lebanon.'"

"Asked host Tim Russert: 'This is World War III?'"

Gingrich responded: "I believe if you take all the countries I just listed, that you've been covering, put them on a map, look at all the different connectivity, you' have to say to yourself this is, in fact, World War III."

Actually, Churchill would sum it up this way: "A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject."

Mr. Gingrich, you are a fanatic. Please stay out of our media face and take your misplaced Churchillian ambitions into the privacy of your own bathroom.

If we are actually in World War III, our President should tell us about it. Nevertheless, degrees in rocket science aren't necessary to know we're engaged in a World War against terrorism. Unfortunatley, the USA and sometimes Great Britian are the only two countries who appear to want to fight side by side to defeat the terrorist-enemy.

Moreover, the enemy is growing by sheer reproductive might.

Apparently, President Bush needs a Churchill quotation book to help him explain our situation: "Today we may say aloud before an awe-struck world: 'We are still masters of our fate. We are still captain of our souls.'" Churchillian speak for, "Hey, bubba, we can win this terror-war - if a few countries would only help us out."

Newt Gingrich should stop pointing fingers and using negative eloquence to gain attention. Instead, he must learn how to use his energy to inspire greatness. Frankly, I think President Bush wants to be like Winston Churchill, but he doesn't have the pizzaz nor the courage to learn how to do it.

As Churchill said, "Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees all others."

As for Newt Gingrich, if he really loves America, where he enjoys all the freedom of speech he takes adavantage of without fear of retribution, and as a patriot, he should keep his mouth shut and let our current, rather than former, leaders do the talking.

Churchill said, "We are all worms. But I believe that I am a glow-worm."

Mr. Gingrich, please take your place with all the rest of the world's worms and start taking lessongs on how to glow like a Churchillian.