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Churchill's practical Idealism

Soviet dissident Natan Sharansky writes,

Today, when Western civilization is under severe attack and the legitimacy of national movements, such as Zionism, is being challenged by the new post-nationalist universalists, Michael Makovsky shows in dramatic and vivid detail why Churchill, one of the greatest statesman in centuries, consistently and stubbornly fought for both.

That's worth remembering, I think. Churchill had high hopes for the UN, and if it were comprised of law-abiding countries, it might work brilliantly. He also knew that a nation of people who shared the same ideals was the place to establish and defend freedom. That's because in a nation with a small, democratic government people can be both creative and accountable. Their voices don't get lost, and they can't get away with being irresponsible.

Both nations and international organizations are desperately necessary, yet both are being destroyed today. The EU is trying to destroy the nation state, carving Britain into 12 regions and France into 20-some; and riding roughshod over the people's liberties and century-old protections. In the mean time, the UN is showing how tragically inadequate and venal an international organization can be. Read Going through Hell, No. 3 to learn how the UN messed up Israel and a Palestinian state from the get-go.

Makovsky traces the development of Churchill’s positions toward Zionism from the period leading up to the First World War through his final years as prime minister in the 1950s. The book is available at Amazon US. At the time of writing it was not available at Amazon UK. Thanks to Instapundit for the alert.

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