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Notes For Churchill’s Broadcast to the United States

(October 16, 1938)

We must not arm.

If, through an earnest desire for peace, we have placed ourselves at a disadvantage, we must make up for it by redoubled exertions, and, if necessary, by fortitude in suffering.

We shall no doubt arm.

Britain, casting away the habits of centuries, will decree national service upon her citizens.

The British people will stand erect, and will face whatever may be coming.

By arms – instrumentality’s, as president Wilson called them – are not sufficient by themselves.

We must add to them the power of ideas.

People say we ought not to allow ourselves to be drawn into a theoretical antagonism between Nazidom and democracy; but the antagonism is here now.

Source: Library of Congress.