28.2.2006 kl. 14:24
Winston S. Churchill: departmental minute (Churchill papers: 16/16) 12 May 1919 War Office

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 gasses: gasses 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.

from Companion Volume 4, Part 1 of the official biography, WINSTON S. CHURCHILL, by Martin Gilbert (London: Heinemann, 1976)

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Gunni | 28.2.2006 kl. 16:31

Oh, that lively terror, got to love it!

Still, "inconvenience gas" doesn't have quite the same ring to it as "poison gas".

Steinn | 28.2.2006 kl. 16:44

"uncivilised tribes", hann á við múslima.

Arnaldur | 1.3.2006 kl. 03:23

Já, hann Churchill karlinn, hann vissi nú hvað hann var að tala um. Það hefði nú verið fínt fyrir Bretana að hafa smá Cyclone-B í Suður-Afríku eða Nýja-Sjálandi.

Sveinbjörn | 1.3.2006 kl. 16:09

Hate to be pedantic, en það er skrifað Zyklon B, og svo var Zyklon B eins konar cýaníðsgas og ekki nothæft nema í lokuðum rýmum, og því nytlaust fyrir að "spread a lively terror" among "uncivilised tribes". ;)