POLICIES & PRINCIPLES: Kill Them

POLICIES & PRINCIPLES

Three Allied statesmen shot their cuffs at the vexed & vexing question of what to do with Hitler, Hirohito & Co.

Anthony Eden was asked in the House of Commons: "Would it be the duty of a British soldier who seeks Hitler to shoot him or try to bring him back alive?" Replied Mr. Eden: "I am very content to leave that to the judgment of any British soldier."

Lord Vansittart, long an exponent of intelligent toughness, observed that nothing could be "more ridiculous than trying major war criminals—those big shots—with cumbrous machinery." To him, the only problems were "the...

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