What Is Now At Stake In Europe
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The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada), 13 Mar 1941, p. 402-418


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What Is Now At Stake In Europe


First, paying honour to one of Toronto's sons, Flight-Lieutenant Lawrence Wilkins Skey, the first Toronto pilot to win the Distinguished Flying Cross, and some words from him. The time, as Mr. Churchill has said, to act rather than to speak. The need to exchange thought frequently and earnestly, about what it is we are aiming to do. What is at stake. Fighting for our British heritage. The change in the minds of the dictators that led to the events of 1939. Reasons that this could be expected. The slowness with which Great Britain accepted the dire reality, and acted upon it, and reasons for that. Events over the three years, 1936 to 1939, when successive events deepened suspicion into certainty. What we are in this war for. First, to end international blackmail. Second, to finish the practice of international bad faith. Ways in which the present situation is demoralizing to us all, and signs of that demoralization. Thirdly, fighting to make life again safe for a small people. Fighting to make the small country among large countries as secure as the poor man with little means of self-protection among the rich and powerful. This fight not for Britain alone but for all freedom-loving mankind. The determination to win because what is at stake is what we dare under no circumstances lose.