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article imageFBI memo: Churchill wanted Harry Truman to 'nuke' Russia

By JohnThomas Didymus     Nov 9, 2014 in World
London - A newly released secret memo from FBI archives reveals that in 1947, Winston Churchill, Britain's prime minister during the Second World War, urged the US to launch a preemptive nuclear strike against the Soviet Union to "wipe out" the Kremlin.
According to the memo written by an FBI agent, to be published in a new book, "When the Lions Roar: The Churchills and The Kennedys," by Thomas Maier, an award-winning investigative journalist, Churchill urged a visiting US Republican politician, Senator Styles Bridges, to persuade President Harry Truman to launch a preemptive nuclear strike to wipe out the Kremlin. He urged the attack because he was convinced it was the only way to stop the spread of Communism and the Cold War threat of Russia.
The memo reveals that Churchill told Senator Bridges to urge President Harry Truman to make the threat of Communist Russia "easy to deal with" by launching a nuclear attack to "wipe out" the Kremlin.
Churchill, British prime minister from 1940 to 1945, and 1951 to 1955, made the chilling suggestion in 1947 before the Russians had acquired an atom bomb of their own. The Russians surprised the West with an atomic bomb test in 1949.
Had President Truman agreed with Churchill and launched an attack on the Kremlin in 1947, the Russians wouldn't have been able to retaliate. That, obviously, was the reason why Churchill thought it was safe to launch a first strike.
Winston Churchill  takes aim with a Sten gun  June 13  1941
Winston Churchill, takes aim with a Sten gun, June 13, 1941
Capt. Horton, official photographer
Churchill is often praised for having been able to foresee the threat of the Soviet Union before other Western leaders. He alluded to the threat in a 1946 speech in which he introduced the term "Iron Curtain" to official Cold War vocabulary.
According to Maier, "Churchill had been a great historian of warfare. He saw the last great cavalry charge during the First World War and championed the development of tanks."
Although Maier attempted to excuse Churchill, saying, "I think he saw a nuclear strike as just another progression of conventional warfare, until he realized there was a lot more devastation with nuclear weapons," it appears that Churchill’s realization that "there was lot more devastation with nuclear weapons" came only after the Russians successfully carried out a test in 1949, signaling their capability to retaliate against the West.
Thus, as Maier observes, Churchill never spoke about "nuking" Russia again when he returned to power in 1951.
The memo incidentally reveals how a nuclear power balance helped to keep world peace. The abundant evidence that Western leaders never felt remorse about the nuclear annihilation of civilians in Hiroshima and Nagasaki suggests that the West would have felt no moral compunctions about wiping out thousands of Russian civilians in their bid for world domination. It would simply have seemed another morally justified act to save "civilization" from the threat of the "evil" Russians.
And indeed, the memo says that Churchill justified mass murder as "the only salvation for the civilization of the world." According to Churchill, to save the world from Russia "imperiling world peace," it would be best "if an atomic bomb could be dropped on the Kremlin, wiping it out."
Winston Churchill visits Coventry during the Blitz  1940
Winston Churchill visits Coventry during the Blitz, 1940
Capt. Horton, official photographer
In Churchill's cold-hearted strategic calculation, after wiping out Kremlin, it would be "a very easy problem to handle the balance of Russia, which would be without direction."
Fortunately, we are spared details of how Churchill intended to "handle the balance of Russia."
Yet, Adolf Hitler is considered one of history's worst criminals for trying to "wipe out the Jews" for the same reason that Churchill proposed to justify "wiping out" Moscow, the seat of Russia’s Kremlin: Hitler was also convinced that a dark Jewish world domination conspiracy was "imperiling world peace" and "civilization."
The chilling nature of the suggestion of mass slaughter of defenseless civilians by a "wartime hero" is further accentuated by the fact that Russia was an ally of Britain in the Second World War that ended in 1945. It was only after the West and Russia had jointly defeated a common enemy that mutual suspicion based on ideological differences escalated into the Cold War.
Chiang Kai-shek  Winston Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt at the Cairo Conference  Nov. 25  1943
Chiang Kai-shek, Winston Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt at the Cairo Conference, Nov. 25, 1943
The memo says that Churchill argued that if a preemptive strike was not launched, "Russia will attack the United States in the next two or three years when she gets the atomic bomb and civilization will be wiped out or set back many years."
Note how the term "civilization" is persistently equated with the "West" and "world peace" with the security of the West.
History continues to highlight the delusional nature of the conviction about our own essential moral goodness and the essential evilness of the "Other."
Maier's book containing the chilling FBI memo will be published next month.
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