We can't help but be reminded, after all, that only four months before the events of September 11, 2001, we were treated to Hollywood's romantic and thoroughly fictitious account of what happened on December 7, 1941, with its movie, Pearl Harbor. Darkest Hour is particularly ominous because it has been heavily publicized and because Gary Oldman was given the Academy Award for best actor for his performance as the movie's hero, British Prime Minister, Winston Churchill.
That is the Winston Churchill who was on the scene and was instrumental in the lighting of the match that ignited both World War I and World War II, as revealed by Nick Kollerstrom in his short, incisive book, How Britain Initiated Both World Wars. We are also talking about the admittedly war-loving Churchill who had already made his reputation fighting in and writing reports from British colonial wars in India, the Sudan, and South Africa. At the dawn of World War I, the aristocratic Churchill had risen to the position of First Lord of the Admiralty, which placed him in charge of the British Navy.