I am surprised that pragmatic philosophy consistently scorns moral considerations - and nowadays in the Western press we read a candid declaration of the principle that moral considerations have nothing to do with politics. They do not apply, and should not, so to speak, be applied. I would remind you that in 1939 England thought differently. If moral considerations were not applicable to politics, then it would have been quite incomprehensible why on earth England went to war with Hitler's Germany.
Pragmatically, you could have got out of the situation. But England chose the moral course and experienced and demonstrated to the world perhaps the most brilliant and heroic period in its history.
Was he right? Was this the most brilliant and heroic period in British history?
Or do you have another candidate?
The opening quote (in italics) is from a Beeb interview with Solzhenitzen.
The obvious "winner" was Battle of Britain and all that entailed. I am not going to argue against that - great moment it was.
There are two points that need to be made here.
The first is that (very many) of those who left comments placed more emphasis on Churchill and the effort of war than on the point that Solzhenitzen made regarding the moral considerations of politics.
The second point, and this is the greatest disappointment for me, is that not one person mentioned the signing of the Magna Carta. Disappointment because without that document, Britain would very likely not exist in its present form, or as it did in 1939. Disappointment because the influence of that event in 1215 has been felt throughout the western world. Disappointment because that one event was seminal to the formation of modern Democracy.
Without that one event, it is most unlikely that I would be writing this; equally as unlikely that you would be able to read it...