Manchester. United.

It’s a random war without front lines. All of us are soldiers. At stake is liberal democracy and our way of life.

What is it Mel Gibson said in Braveheart? “They can take our land but they cannot take our freedom”. Today it is the other way around, they cannot take our land, but they can take our freedom.

We are taking casualties but we refuse to give up the freedoms greater security would require, like a police state where no public gatherings are allowed. We will not live in fear.

Britain has, in particular, faced down murderous regimes in the past and prevailed.

We shall go on to the end, we shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our Island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender, and even if, which I do not for a moment believe, this Island or a large part of it were subjugated and starving, then our Empire beyond the seas, armed and guarded by the British Fleet, would carry on the struggle, until, in God’s good time, the New World, with all its power and might, steps forth to the rescue and the liberation of the old.

Winston Churchill to the House of Commons, June 4th 1940.


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