Churchill and the Atrocity of Famine

Source: Eunomia
by Daniel Larison

“Michael Gerson doesn’t like Geoffrey Wheatcroft’s new book on Churchill: ‘The charge that he maliciously caused the Bengal famine — in the sense that Joseph Stalin caused the Ukrainian famine — seems half-baked.’ … It is convenient that Gerson decides that ‘isn’t possible to consider each of the charges here,’ because if he had to consider the charge of Churchill’s responsibility for the 1943 Bengal famine he would not be able to mount much of a defense. At best, Churchill was guilty of horrible neglect that led to the preventable deaths of millions of people living under the rule of the government he led. The evidence strongly supports the contention that the reality was far worse than simple neglect.” (11/04/21)