Ken Blackwell

Like the South Africans mourning today, the government of Great Britain—known as Her Majesty’s Government--had years to prepare for the passing of their greatest son. They planned and rehearsed every detail of Operation Hope Not, the great state funeral that would come when Winston Churchill finally died.

That day came in January, 1965. An America historian, Hungarian-born John Lukacs,

recorded the pomp and ceremony of the frigid London scene. He paid a memorable tribute to the man who had so long warned of the menace of a vengeful, rearmed Germany. This man led Britain when that island fortress against the Nazis:

“[Churchill saw the evil incarnated by Hitler instantly, immediately. Then he rose like a hero, highest in those months of 1940 when the future of human decency was at stake, and when Jewry and Christianity were on the same side…which was his side.”

Yes, and decades later, a Polish survivor of Hitler’s murderous concentration camps would recall: “We didn’t have bread, but we had Churchill.” At Churchill’s funeral, America was honorably represented by former President Dwight D. Eisenhower, the five-star general who had led the allies to victory in that great Crusade in Europe.

Hitler’s cruelty to the Jews and contempt for the Christians did not die in that BerlinFürerbunker in 1945. That spirit of hatred lives on in Iran today. There, the mullahs torture Pastor Saeed Abedini in his prison. His only crime in Iran is to seek to share the Gospel with people he loves.

The Iranian mullahs have boasted that their neighbor, Israel, is just a “two-bomb country,” one whose extermination they seek even more brazenly than Hitler sought the elimination of Europe’s Jews.

It is this Iranian regime, ruled by these mullahs, that President Obama will now trust to keep its word on the interim, 6-month agreement. It is agreement that will allow thousands of centrifuges to continue spinning. These are an essential element of developing nuclear weapons.

President Obama and Secretary Kerry think we should focus on Iran’s nuclear weapons and not on those who will wield those weapons. It is the classical liberal error. They do not know human nature.

Nelson Mandela understood human nature and may be best remembered for his great quality of forgiveness. He never lost that light heart, either, as this video of the 85-year old dancing in Ireland shows.

It’s a pity our leaders didn’t dance; instead, they pranced.

Ken Blackwell

Ken Blackwell, a contributing editor at, is a senior fellow at the Family Research Council and the American Civil Rights Union and is on the board of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. He is the co-author of the bestseller The Blueprint: Obama’s Plan to Subvert the Constitution and Build an Imperial Presidency, on sale in bookstores everywhere..
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