Posts Tagged ‘Charles De Gaulle’

HYBRIS | Han har höga tankar om sig själv. Han älskar att kalla sig historiker. Och jämföra sig med Charles de Gaulle, Ronald Reagan och Margaret Thatcher.

Även om Pat Oliphants teckning publicerades innan Newt Gingrich seger i South Carolina har den blivit aktuell igen efter förlusten i Florida.

Timothy Stanley, historiker på universitetet i Oxford, skrev på CNN:

It’s no great surprise that Gingrich lost Florida. He was dead from the moment that he clammed up in the Florida debates — and the millions that Mitt Romney poured into the state in negative ads didn’t help either. A lesser man would be crushed by this result. But Gingrich isn’t just a man. He’s a visionary, a historian, the inventor of supply side economics, a space marine and a latter-day Casanova. I’m getting all this off the back of one of his DVDs (just kidding).


In short, just about the only thing that will propel Gingrich through to the national convention is ego. But that ego is large enough to have a gravitational pull of its very own — so don’t expect to see Newt stop now.

Bild: Fler teckningar av Pat Oliphant på GoComics.

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HISTORIA: I juni 1940 höll Winston Churchill och Charles de Gaulle var sitt viktigt radiotal vid en tidpunkt när ord var näst intill de enda vapen som stod till förfogande i kampen mot Adolf Hitler.

Charles Moore, kolumnist The Spectator och The Daily Telegraph, har reflekterat över deras betydelse.

On 18 June 1940, 125 years after the battle of Waterloo and 70 years ago this Friday, Winston Churchill delivered his famous ‘finest hour’ speech. What is less well remembered here is that General De Gaulle also delivered his first, almost equally famous broadcast to France that evening. The French government, led by Marshal Pétain, was suing for peace with Germany, ‘alleging’, as De Gaulle put it, ‘the defeat of our armies’. Speaking loudly into the BBC microphone, De Gaulle said: ‘Is the defeat final? No!… For France is not alone… She can unite with the British Empire… I, General De Gaulle, now in London, call upon the French officers and soldiers… Whatever happens, the flame of French resistance must not and shall not go out.’ At the time, not everyone thought that either speech had worked. Churchill made his speech twice on the same day — first to parliament, and then, shortened, as a broadcast. Harold Nicolson recorded that he repeated himself because ‘He hates the microphone… he just sulked and read his House of Commons speech over again… it sounded ghastly on the wireless.’ As for De Gaulle’s words, they were heard by hardly anybody, and were not recorded because all the technical resources of the BBC were taken up in recording Churchill’s broadcast. Instead, De Gaulle’s text was re-read on air by British broadcasters four times over the next 24 hours. The situation which Britain and France faced was so desperate that neither man had much more than words at his command, but perhaps it was for this very reason that the words, once disseminated and pondered, did work. To understand their importance, one must imagine what that single day, and all succeeding days, would have been like if they had not been delivered.

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