As a child, I was taught the greatness and exceptional contributions of Winston Churchill. We honor Churchill in my home-town of Yorkshire, and we celebrated when he was voted the ‘Greatest Briton’ of all time.
Some of which is indeed true.
During Britain’s most painful days in World War Two, Churchill’s leadership was vital in maintaining confidence and leading the nation to eventual victory over Nazi Germany.
However, as I grew up, I read numerous research papers with evidence and reasoning that drifted me away from singing the Churchill prayers.
Winston Churchill was a genocidal madman.
Who was Winston Churchill?
Born on the 30th of November in 1874, Winston Churchill joined the Royal Cavalry in 1895. He won his first election as a Conservative in 1900 before moving to Liberal Party in 1904.
During the interwar years, he was back to the Conservative Party and served as the Exchequer’s Chancellor from 1924.
After Tory’s historic defeat in 1929, Churchill lost his seat and spent much of the next decade out of office, mainly making speeches and writing.
He was alone in his staunch opposition to Indian Independence, but his warnings against the Compromise of Nazi Germany proved accurate when the Second World War broke out in 1939.
Following Neville Chamberlain’s sudden resignation in 1940, Churchill was picked to replace him as Prime Minister of an all-party coalition government.
He was a highly honored war-time leader, known for famous speeches credited with inciting British morale during great hardship periods.
However, there’s more to his biography than a simple google search.
Here are ten reasons why I have started hating Winston Churchill:
Similar to Adolf Hitler, Churchill believed in genetics and racial hierarchies. In Churchill’s view, the white protestant Christians were at the very top, above white Catholics, while Indians were higher in the hierarchies than Africans. Churchill saw ‘Great’ Britain as being the heroes in the social Darwinian order. His beliefs were instrumental in his socio-conduct. He enslaved black people and treated them ‘worst than pigs.’
In 1937, he concluded at the Palestine Royal Commission:
“I do not admit, for instance, that a great wrong has been done to the Red Indians of America or the black people of Australia. I do not admit that a wrong has been done to these people by the fact that a stronger race, a higher-grade race, a more worldly-wise race to put it that way, has come in and taken their place.”
When speaking about the Asian race, here is what Churchill said:
‘I hate people with pigtails and slit eyes. I don’t like the look of them or their smell.”
Churchill often made shameful comments about Indians. At one point, he told his Secretary of State for India, Leo Amery, that he seriously “hated Indians” and called them “a beastly people with a beastly religion.
The Bengal famine of 1943 was a terrible famine in the Bengal region of British India during World War II. An estimated seven million, out of a population of 60 million, died of malaria, starvation, and other diseases aggravated by unsanitary conditions, population displacement, malnutrition, and lack of health care.
Millions were impoverished as the crisis destroyed large segments of the economy, and catastrophically disrupted the social fabric.
What caused this famine?
During World War II, Churchill prioritized the stockpiling of food for Britain over feeding Indians during the Bengal famine of 1943. Under Churchill’s direct orders, the British army took food from India and stockpiled it in the middle east during WWII, leaving millions starving to death. The food taken from India was not even used to feed the British army. It was just kept as a reserve. Indians who tried to fight this ‘law’ enforced by Churchill would be beaten, jailed, or executed. Churchill murdered hungry Indians after stealing their food from their country.
Chemical Poisoning in Iraq
Winston Churchill advocated the use of Chemical poison to ‘teach a lesson’ to uncivilized tribes. Who else used such an annihilation system?
After the 1920 Iraqi revolt against the British, here is what Churchill advocated:
I am firmly in favor of using poisoned gas against barbarian tribes. The moral effect should be so good that the loss of life should be reduced to a minimum. It is not vital to use only the most dangerous gasses: gases can be used, causing great nuisance and spreading a lively terror and leaving no severe permanent effects on most of those affected.
Churchill defenders find this a good step as the gas he recommended wasn’t that poisonous. Still, the fumes used by the British army after Churchill’s recommendation was similar to what Hilter used during the Holocaust. Kurds and Afghans died in thousands due to this poisonous gas.
Churchill also supported the use of chemical weapons against Germans in World War I, which killed thousands.
In Churchill’s book, The River War, he wrote, “How dreadful are the curses that Mohammedanism lays on its citizens! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia [rabies] in a dog, there is this terrifying fatalistic apathy.
“Improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live.”
Violence in Ireland
Churchill used the controversial ‘black and tans’ to fight the Irish Republican Army (IRA) in 1919. Named after their uniforms, these constables developed a reputation for extreme violence—hundreds of unarmed civilians were lynched by the ‘black and tans,’ directly supported by Churchill.
Leading the British Army, Churchill ordered a massacre of unarmed protestors in Athens in December 1944. Over two dozen protestors were shot dead, and 144+ were reportedly injured. The protestors were communists who hated ‘German Nazis.’
Britain announced a state of emergency in Kenya in 1952 to preserve its standardized racism system throughout its colonies to misuse the indigenous population. Churchill believed that Kenya’s fertile ridges should be only available for white colonial settlers. He allowed the forcible removal of the local community, which he termed “blackamoors”.