Onward Christian soldiers, armed for total war,

Crescent moon and sickle going on before,

Strengthening defenses, girding for the fight,

Westward help comes slowly, eastward it is bright.

Titled Onward Comparatively Christian Soldiers, this sly hymn was published last week in London's liberal-to-leftish New Statesman and Nation, but the sentiments in it were not limited to the left. Many a Briton, irrespective of politics, badly wanted to know the answers to some important questions. When and how was Britain going to help Russia? When was Britain going to attack Germany except in the air?...

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