October 29, 2003

No Excuse For Bad Manners

Amusing tidbit from The Corner today involving Winston Churchill and declaring war on Japan:

.... WSC was a punctilious man, in any case. His letter to the Japanese Ambassador declaring war on Japan caused a minor scandal. After saying the necessary ("Your Excellency, In view of recent events in the Far East, it is with deep regret that I must inform you that a state of war now exists..."), Churchill signed off in proper diplomatic style: "I beg to remain, Sir, with consideration, your most humble, most obedient servant, Winston S. Churchill." There were complaints about this in the House of Commons, to which Churchill responded: "When you are setting out to kill someone, it doesn't do any harm to be polite."


Posted by Ithildin at October 29, 2003 5:10 PM | PROCURE FINE OLD WORLD ABSINTHE