Today in History: Winston Churchill
Thursday, March 05, 2009
On March 5, 1946, Winston Churchill delivered a speech, 'Sinews of Peace', at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri. In it, he uttered the famous metaphor, 'the iron curtain', that resonated for decades and has recently been resurrected to discuss the current economic crisis in Europe.
'From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic an iron curtain has descended across the Continent.
"Whatever conclusions may be drawn from these facts -- and facts they are -- this is certainly not the Liberated Europe we fought to build up. Nor is it one which contains the essentials of permanent peace..."
"What is needed is a settlement, and the longer this is delayed, the more difficult it will be and the greater our dangers will become."
"From what I have seen of our Russian friends and allies during the war, I am convinced that there is nothing they admire so much as strength, and there is nothing for which they have less respect than for weakness, especially military weakness..."
Thanks to WNYC Archivist Andy Lanset
"Churchill and the Great Republic", Library of Congress