Winston Churchill · Gas Quotes
I do not understand this squeamishness about the use of gas. We have definitely adopted the position at the Peace Conference of arguing in favour of the retention of gas as a permanent method of warfare. It is sheer affectation to lacerate a man with the poisonous fragment of a bursting shell and to boggle at making his eyes water by means of lachrymatory gas. I am strongly in favour of using poisoned gas against uncivilised tribes. The moral effect should be so good that the loss of life should be reduced to a minimum. It is not necessary to use only the most deadly gases: gases can be used which cause great inconvenience and would spread a lively terror and yet would leave no serious permanent effects on most of those affected... We cannot, in any circumstances acquiesce to the non-utilisation of any weapons which are available to procure a speedy termination of the disorder which prevails on the frontier.
Statement as president of the Air Council, War Office Departmental Minute (1919-05-12).
British politician; Prime Minister of the United Kingdom during World War II. Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1953.
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The Second World War, Vol. I: The Gathering Storm
Hitler and His Choice
The Second World War, Vol. III: The Grand Alliance
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Out of My Later Years
The Sirens of Titan
How to Win Friends and Influence People
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