The Right Coast

July 04, 2004
World War I
By Mike Rappaport

David Beito at Liberty and Power provides the following quote from Winston Churchill:

"America should have minded her own business and stayed out of the World War. If you hadn't entered the war the Allies would have made peace with Germany in the Spring of 1917. Had we made peace then there would have been no collapse in Russia followed by Communism, no breakdown in Italy followed by Fascism, and Germany would not have signed the Versailles Treaty, which has enthroned Nazism in Germany. If America had stayed out of the war, all these 'isms' wouldn't today be sweeping the continent of Europe and breaking down parliamentary government - and if England had made peace early in 1917, it would have saved over one million British, French, American, and other lives."
I have long sympathized with this view. The question is whether it is right. Are there others who know more about World War I than I do who think otherwise? I know that Eric Rasmussen, in a post I cannot find now, entitled What if America had not entered World War I, argued otherwise.

Update: A reader writes in with documentation that although the quote is attributed to Churchill, he denied saying it. Of course, its accuracy as a statement about the world is another matter.