Seeing some horrific apologism on the tl for Churchill’s orchestration of the Bengal genocide so here’s a brief takedown thread of some of the fascists’ most common responses:
Important to note that the harvest in Bengal the previous year was actually above normal. (Britain shipped away millions of tonnes of rice) The british empire has a habit of deliberately starving its colonies and then calling it a ‘famine’ in the history books
‘We needed the grain for British soldiers to fight the Nazis!!!’
-Many of the grain stocks in Europe actually rotted
-other allied forces (us and Canada) actually offered to send 100,000 tonnes/10,000 tonnes of grain respectively, Churchill point blank REFUSED
So we have starving people and offers from other countries and Churchill says no, how is this anything other than genocide?! Not only this, but ships of grain actually DOCKED in Calcutta, Churchill orders it to sail on to Europe
Leo Amery, british Secretary of State and usually supportive of Churchill, said he ‘didn’t see much difference between Churchill’s outlook and hitlers’ in relation to the Bengal famine... Churchill said Indian people were being killed ‘merrily’
British colonial officers in India even warned of the horrific conditions. That is to say, literal COLONISERS, colonial officers very used to presiding over suffering were so concerned they contacted the government to try and get help
4 million people died, with Churchill saying it was ‘their own fault for breeding like rabbits’. For a man who believed in eugenics and the ‘poisonous gassing of uncivilised tribes’ this is unsurprising. There is no defence of this evil, genocidal, white supremacist
Let’s not forget, Churchill also donated to a Nazi war criminals defence fund and said ‘what a man (Mussolini) ... fascism has rendered a service to the entire world’
WW2 was never, for Churchill, about defeating fascism (otherwise why didn’t they oust Franco?) but instead about protecting the british empire, so colonies were under british fascism instead of German fascism. There is no defence of the Bengal famine. Fin

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