“THE MULTITUDES remained plunged in ignorance… and their leaders, seeking their votes, did not dare to undeceive them.”
Those are the words of Winston Churchill from his book “The Gathering Storm,” which talks about the growing threat of Nazi Germany. Historian Niall Ferguson shares this quote from the former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom because it parallels with America following the Afghan pullout. Ferguson notes that Britain between the wars was tired. It fought in World War One, a financial crisis and the 1918–19 flu pandemic. On top of this the collective security created after World War I started to fray and the intelligentsia saw their nation in purely negative terms. All the, while Germany was rising from the ashes of the First World War and Churchill, could see that Nazi Germany was spoiling to bring war on the continent again. Sound familiar?