What Churchill Thought Of The Munich Agreement

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Churchill said: “During my vacation, I thought it was a chance to study the reign of King Ethelred the unfinished. The house will remember that this was a period of great misfortune, during which we quickly fell into chaos from the strong position we had acquired among the descendants of King Alfred. It was the time of money currency and foreign pressure. I must say that the brutal words of the Anglo-Saxon chronicle, written a thousand years ago, are at least as good to me as shakespeare`s quotations which delighted the last speaker of the opposition bank. Here is what the Anglo-Saxon chronicle said, and I think the words are very valid for our relations with Germany and our relations with it: I am not upset by our loyal and courageous people who were willing to do their duty, whatever the price, who never grimaced under the burden of last week – I do not annoy them with the natural appearance , spontaneous relief and relief when they learned that agony would no longer be demanded of them at this time; But they should recognize the truth. Be aware that there has been gross negligence and lack of negligence in our defences; they must know that we have suffered a defeat without war, the consequences of which will take us far in our path; they must know that we have taken a terrible step in our history, when the whole balance of Europe is disfigured, and that the terrible words have been uttered for the time being against Western democracies: in the light of this case, the Prime Minister has transmitted this news to the Chamber. Hitler had withdrawn. The relief was palpable. Members on both sides of the Assembly suddenly erupted in a spontaneous cheer.

Harold Nicolson thought it was “one of the most dramatic moments I`ve ever experienced.” When the Prime Minister took his place, “the whole house rose to pay tribute.” Chamberlain told his sister that it was “a piece of drama that no work of fiction has ever surpassed.” Churchill, on the other hand, looked “very angry.” Chamberlain admitted that he did not care about “two hoots” in which the Sudeten Germans lived; Its purpose was simply to avoid war. Several cabinet members were unhappy to see Britain participate in the crushing of a democratic state and expressed a desire for a “different” policy. But when Chamberlain coldly asked “and what is this policy?”, they had no answer. Again, what happened in Warsaw? The British and French ambassadors visited the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Colonel Beck, or attempted to visit him to demand some weakening of the harsh measures taken against Czechoslovakia with regard to teches.