In war, Resolution.
In defeat, Defiance.
In victory, Magnanimity.
In peace, Goodwill.
Winston S. Churchill – The Second World War
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It takes humility to step forward, admit mistakes and apologise. In a statement marking the 70th anniversary of their surrender, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe echoed the thoughts of my great-grandfather’s firm belief that history, whether considered good or bad, must be faced and remembered so that one can move on.
“We cannot say, “The past is the past,” without surrendering the future,”” Churchill said in 1938 when urging the world to unite. Abe acknowledged Japan’s past mistakes and actions over the Second World War, but rightly pointed out that although terribly wrong and in many cases evil, there is no merit in living in the past and ‘future generations should not have to continue apologizing,’ – (Newsmax.com). Abe recognises as Churchill did that “If we open a quarrel between the past and the present we shall find that we have lost the future.” He recriminates about the past, but only ‘to enforce effective action at the present.’ Abe’s honest approach and sincere apology will ensure that future generations in Japan never try to hide from their past, but instead use it to learn and improve their future.
In this troublesome world we need reconciliation not recrimination. We need unity, not division. We need leaders who will honestly admit their past but have the courage to refuse to remain in it. In this troublesome world we need Churchillian leaders.
– Jonathan Sandys
A great-grandson of Britain’s wartime Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill, Jonathan is an international public speaker on the life, times and leadership of his illustrious relative. He is the co-author of ‘God & Churchill’, published by Tyndale House and due for release on October 1, ‘‘God & Churchill’ offers compelling evidence that my great-grandfather was correct in his belief that his life was both guided and protected by, what he called, ‘Divine intervention.’‘