Not every criminal personality should be called a “sociopath.” But a “larger than life” war criminal is still a war criminal.


John Craig said…

Puzzled —
That is a great quote by Churchill. I’ve heard he was probably a sociopath; he was certainly a great wit. I went to the Churchill Museum in London in ’04, it’s festooned with his quotes, most of which are great.

I, too, am happy to take his word for it.
December 10, 2016 at 7:02 PM

Anonymous said…

Was Churchill a sociopath? To me, the word can’t fit both Churchill and Ted Bundy, although I realize that one could argue the point. Churchill truly was one of those people who truly was “larger than life”. Conventional categories don’t suit him.

But I have read historians who say he was nuts, and that England needed his particular brand of insanity during the emergency of WWII. Whatever.

Churchill was a war criminal, but he was less competent than his friend Josef Stalin.

Not every war criminal is a sociopath. At some point, it is more constructive to catalogue the various betrayals, frauds, mass murders, and corrupting subornations of a war criminal than to ponder the details of his disordered personality.

Churchill certainly did not act alone. The entire governments of Britain and France eagerly wanted to start a war. They just needed a country with leaders stupid enough to take the larger part of the risk.

So why does everyone call Polacks stupid? Because they were stupid enough to trust the people who were planning to betray them, and who successfully betrayed them, and profited from the resulting war crimes.

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