The story behind the photo

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This is the famous photo taken by Yousef Karsh:

I saw Karsh on 60 Minutes many years ago and he explained how this came about. The great man was looking all benign and grandfatherly during a photo session, and Karsh wanted to capture the “bulldog” who had inspired Britain to endure untold sacrifice in the face of mortal danger. He waited until Churchill was relaxing between shots, smoking a cigar. Suddenly, the photographer leaned forward and snatched the cigar from Churchill’s face. He had the shutter button in the other hand, and triggered it at just that instant. <grin>

It may seem trite, but ever since I was a young lad Churchill has always been an immensely inspiring figure for me. In no small part due to his leadership at a critical moment in the history of western civilization, the world has indeed moved forward to the “broad, sunlit uplands” he promised with victory. Today we face threats that are less imminent, but if we flag or fail also portend “the abyss of a new Dark Age made more sinister, and perhaps more protracted, by the lights of perverted science.”

“Never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never – in nothing, great or small, large or petty – never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.”

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