To The Editor:
“History to Come Alive!” in the Jan. 23 Missourian says Winston Churchill is “considered to be the 20th century’s greatest leader.”
Many historians and scholars agree. The 20-volume official biography of Churchill, published by Hillsdale College, presents Churchill as the “one man who took a stand that changed history.” “Churchill was — and remains — the hero of the Second World War,” says John Lukus in “Nothing Was Inevitable – The Leaders of the Second World War” published in the Jan. 5, 2018, Roman Catholic Commonweal.
The facts show that Churchill wanted the sinking of the Lusitania to get the U.S. into World War I.
Years ago, the late James Miller, editor and publisher of The Missourian, interviewed Concordia Seminary Professor Alfred Rehwinkel when he lectured at Trinity Lutheran Church, New Haven, Mo. He was impressed with Rehwinkel’s knowledge of history and world affairs. The facts show that Churchill was a drunkard and a warmonger, who, together with Franklin Roosevelt, as Rehwinkel insisted in an interview with Bible translator William Beck, “had the most baneful influence on our world today” (“Walter Maier Still Speaks — Missouri and the World Should Listen,” p. 168).
The sinking of the Lusitania played a key role in what happened during the 20th century. Pat Buchanan, an astute writer whose column regularly appears in The Missourian, wrote: “Had Wilson publicly warned U.S. citizens not to sail on ships of belligerent nations and forbidden merchant ships to carry contraband to nations at war, America might have stayed out of the war, which might have ended in a truce, not a German defeat. There might have been no Adolf Hitler and no World War II” (Washington Times, September 2014, Christian News, Sept. 22, 2014).
Hopefully, among the many speakers for the May 3-5 event in Fulton commemorating the 50th anniversary of America’s National Church Museum on the campus of Westminster College, there will be one who knows the truth about Churchill and what led America into World Wars I and II.