Churchill wanted to nuke the USSR: details of his conversation about the nuclear bombing of the USSR came to light

Julius Ochs Adler, a former Director General of the New York Times and US Army officer, revealed a memo with details of a conversation about the nuclear bombing of the USSR, held in April 1951 in the house of the former British PM Winston Churchill.

According to the New York Times, a newly discovered memo shows that in his favorite strategy of the Cold War, Churchill was giving preference to launching nuclear and bomb attacks on Russia and China in order to achieve their obedience.

Thus, while at a dinner at his house in Kent, Churchill, who led the opposition at the time, criticized the fact that the British-American joint policy towards Russia is “weak and not aggressive.”

As Adler wrote, “Churchill rather sharply asked me to name the number of atomic bombs we have, as well as to give an assessment of the Russian arsenal.”

“I replied that, fortunately, I was not in the highest circles of the government and did not have knowledge of this terrible secret,” Adler said.

According to Adler, Churchill later surprised listeners by saying that if he were Prime Minister and managed to secure the consent of our government, he would present Russia with a number of conditions “in the form of an ultimatum.” In his opinion, the Soviets would have refused, and then it was necessary to inform the Kremlin that if it does not change its mind, the West would drop atomic bombs on 20 or 30 cities, the American is quoted as saying.

It is noted that Churchill speculating on the idea of striking one of the targets, and if necessary, some others. Definitely, after a third strike, panic will arise not only among the civilian population, but also in the Kremlin, and then our conditions will be met, Adler recalls.

According to the publication, the American officer added that the American people would never agree to this form of preventive war.

According to the NYT’s article, the head of the history Department at the University of Exeter, Richard Toye, who also read this memo, said that Churchill advocated the implementation of such a threat before August 1949, when the Soviet Union did not have nuclear weapons. The real revelation was that he did not give up this idea in 1951.

One can doubt his ability to reason sensibly at that time, Toye said.

According to him, on the one hand, the threat to launch a nuclear strike on people is shocking. On the other hand, if you voice a sufficiently serious and convincing threat, you will not have to carry it out.

According to Toye, Churchill really wanted to end the Cold War and believed that together with other Western leaders he would be able to work out such a solution.

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