Pat Buchanan’s new book (Churchill, Hitler, and “The Unnecessary War”: How Britain Lost Its Empire and the West Lost the World) is bound to raise controversy in Churchillian circles. And there’s nothing new about that. Quite by accident, we ran across this mention of Pat Buchanan seventeen years ago in Finest Hour. Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.
Amusingly, we tackled Pat on this accusation in our colloquy last year, during his research for his new book about how Britain and Churchill messed up everything by causing World War II and losing an Empire. He denied ever saying it….
From Finest Hour 72, Autumn 1991
Datelines Column, page 4
WASHINGTON, AUG. 14TH-No sooner had the buzzing stopped after left-wing columnist Alexander Cockburn accused Churchill of wanting to gas the Iraqis to death in 1920 (FH 71, page 10; Churchill wanted to use tear gas) than right-wing columnist Patrick Buchanan weighed in.