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Describe the relationship that Churchill sees between the United States and England.
The Special Relationship is an unofficial term for the political, diplomatic, cultural, economic, military, and historical relations between the United Kingdom and the United States.
What should be the role of the United Nations according to Churchill?
The United Nations was born of perceived necessity, as a means of better arbitrating international conflict and negotiating peace than was provided for by the old League of Nations.
According to Churchill, should information be shared?
Churchill was merely a private citizen, having been turned out of 10 Downing Street at the general election in the previous summer, but he was introduced by the American President Harry S Truman, and during the course of his speech, he offered a new and in many ways alarming view of the post-war world.
How does Churchill describe Post War Europe?
Churchill described it to be clear that a primary purpose of his talk was to argue for an even closer "special relationship" between the United States and Great Britain—the great powers of the "English-speaking world"—in organizing and policing the postwar world.
What has happened to Eastern Europe according to Churchill?
The Iron Curtain that had descended across Eastern Europe, Churchill spoke of communist fifth columns that were operating throughout western and southern Europe. Drawing parallels with the disastrous appeasement of Hitler prior to World War II, Churchill advised that in dealing with the Soviets there was "nothing which they admire so much as strength, and there is nothing for which they have less respect than for military weakness."
What are 5 th columns and what are they doing around the world? What do they represent to Christianity?
A fifth column is any group of people who undermine a larger group from within, usually in favor of an enemy group or nation. The activities of a fifth column can be overt or clandestine. Forces gathered in secret can mobilize openly to assist an external attack.
According to Churchill, what do Russians admire most?
While they viewed the English as valuable allies in the Cold War, they were also well aware that Britain's power was on the wane and had no intention of being used as pawns to help support the crumbling British empire. The British, Americans, and Russians-allies against Hitler less than a year before the speech—were drawing the battle lines of the Cold War.
From this speech, who does Churchill believe is the next major threat to the world? How does Churchill validate his position?
Churchill declared that an anti-democratic "Iron Curtain," "a growing challenge and peril to Christian civilization," had descended across Europe. Churchill's speech was the first time anyone had used that now-common phrase to describe the Communist threat.
How does Churchill believe the West should react to the Soviet Union?
The American public reacted negatively to the speech. Americans still saw the Soviet Union as an ally and were shocked that Churchill would promote such a confrontational and provocative stance that could incite another war. Some U.S. politicians condemned the speech publicly while privately recognizing that the Soviet Union was indeed a looming threat.
How do you think Stalin would respond to the Iron Curtain Speech?
Stalin would be angered by the Iron Curtain Speech since it is mostly directed towards him and Soviet Russia. He explains that Communism is a threat and Stalin is for Communism.
What do you believe is the historical significance of the Iron Curtain Speech?
In his speech of the Cold War period, Winston Churchill condemns the Soviet Union's policies in Europe and declares, "From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an iron curtain has descended across the continent." Churchill's speech is considered one of the opening volleys announcing the beginning of the Cold War.
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