Chertoff Speaks Like Churchill
Secretary Michael Chertoff's message was clear. We are in a constant battle against terrorism, and for the future's sake must act now.
Some spectators could not agree more.
"We have to face them head on, and not stick our head in the sand," said spectator Warren Hollrah. "So I agree with almost everything the secretary had to said."
Chertoff spoke to a packed house inside Westminster's Champ Auditorium for 45 minutes, followed by a 15-minute question-and-answer session. The speech put into perspective the growing presence of Islamic facism and violence, likening groups such as Al-Qaeda to the 1930's Nazis, and post-World War II Soviet expansion.
Like Winston Churchill, who gave his famous "Iron Curtain" speech at Westminster 61 years ago, Chertoff called for preventative action to stop emerging threats before they turn into reality.
Some spectators think the administration has gone too far, showing their displeasure outside the auditorium.
"Just an issue of people being involuntarily taken somewhere and then persecuted, and being there without any legal defense, and just being there alone on their own without being able to communicate with their relatives," said Amnesty International member Nikolay Domashev. "They do some important things, and it's a difficult job. And I appreciate his work for our country."
A piece of the Berlin Wall outside serves as a reminder of where we have been, and how far we have to go.
Chertoff added that many of the questions facing the world today could be answered by simply asking, "What would Churchill say?"