WESTERN EUROPE: The Common Ruin

At the Lord Mayor's 450th annual banquet in London, Winston Churchill—so recently and so irresponsibly denounced by Laborites as a warmonger—last week pleaded for peace. It was one of his most eloquent speeches in years. His eyes rested on the empty space in the 15th Century Guildhall where twin statues of Gog and Magog* stood glaring at each other until German bombs destroyed them in December 1940. Then, in resonant tones, Winston Churchill spoke,

"I am so glad, my Lord Mayor, that you have decided to replace Gog and Magog. It seems to me that they represent none too badly...

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