He who knows Great Britain’s history knows that the whip follows the candy, the bomb the leaflet. In September 1924, Mr. Winston Churchill published an article in Pall Mall Magazine that recognized with cynical openness that air terror against women and children was the most effective method of military leadership.
Mr. Churchill wrote:
“One should invent a bomb no larger than an orange that could blow up an entire city, churches, apartments and all.” — “I am in favor, “ he continued, “of spreading certain types of bacteria among men and animals. spreading blight to destroy crops, anthrax to infect horses and livestock, and the plague to kill not only whole armies, but the inhabitants of whole regions. I call this all advanced military science.”
The world, above all the neutral nations, has a remarkably bad memory for such statements of a lovely soul. If one makes the excuse that at the time Churchill was a free-lance journalist, not an official representative of British policy, and that one cannot hold Prime Minister Churchill responsible for the statements of the journalist Churchill, let us consider a second statement, no less clear, from a British minister. It comes from a time when he was a minister, and represented the views of the British cabinet. On 9 November 1932, seven years before the beginning of the war, when the Weimar System was still at the helm in Germany, then Vice Prime Minister Baldwin said in a speech at the Guild Hall:
“The only defense is attack — or in other words, — if we want to save ourselves, we must kill women and children faster than the enemy.”
Which women and children were to be the objects of this attack was clear in a later remark by the same Mr. Baldwin:
Great Britain’s border is the Rhine.”