Then and now: Britain during WWII and today’s War on terrorism

Propaganda posters during WWII provide us with a glimpse of the mood of wartime Britain. Today social media is used for the same purpose as Britain continues to fight a war on terrorism with both hands tied behind its back and with a blindfold on.

At a time when Britain seemed to stand alone against Axis-occupied Europe its citizens must have felt cut off and isolated.  Posters such as “Together” were distributed to reassure people that they had allies around the world in the British Empire and Commonwealth.  Pictured marching alongside the Union Jack are fighting men from Canada, Australia, India, South Africa and more.  Later versions of the poster included Soviet and American soldiers as they joined the Allies.

Fighting together against a common enemy

Although the below poster was hardly seen during WWII it became a cultural icon after
a copy was discovered by the owners of a second-hand bookshop in 2000.

The slogan reflects a uniquely British outlook which one commentator said  “taps directly into the country’s mythic image of itself: unshowily brave and just a little stiff, brewing tea as the bombs fall.”

Stiff upper lip

Today as Britain fights a war on terrorism including the attacks in London only yesterday, social media messages reflect Britain’s mood and give us a glimpse into the current British psyche.

If Winston Churchill was alive today and the British PM he would declare war on Muslim Jihadists both at home and abroad and he would mobilise the Army and declare martial law. Terrorism isn’t a job for the British police. Terrorists are not criminals they are soldiers of Allah and they belong to a vast Islamic army. Enemy soldiers embedded inside British society have to be confronted and treated as enemy combatants on a war footing. Enemy soldiers have to be prevented from entering Britain through immigration. This is all pretty basic stuff and Winston Churchill would be turning in his grave to see such cowardice and inaction from British politicians today.

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