Winston Churchill's Speech: The Sinews Of Peace

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On March 5th 1946, not even one year after the overwhelming victory of the Alliance over the Nazis in World War II, Winston Churchill, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom at the time (1940 – 1945), was invited to deliver a speech at Westminster College, in Fulton, Missouri. It is commonly known as “The iron curtain speech”, but Churchill refers to it as “The Sinews of Peace” at the end of the same. This speech reflected his own personal opinion, and was aimed at the people of the United States of America, his countrymen across the Atlantic ocean and other nations. The nature of it is political, taking into consideration the historical context within it occurred: tensions between the Western Bloc (composed of the United States of America, NATO allies and others) and the Eastern Bloc (the Soviet Union and its allies in the Warsaw Pact), just after World War II had ended. These tensions were perpetuated for decades and were the cause of the conflict known as the Cold War. Churchill 's speech perfectly describes the position in which the UNO and its allies stood, and reflects on the imminent and inevitable war that is upon them. He feels it is his duty to speak out to nations and their people, try to avert belligerency because he firmly believes “that our fortunes are still in our own hands and that we have the power to save the future” (Churchill, W n.d.). He would not want to see another time of despair and horror come for the people when it could be avoided.

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