I just finished watching The Sea Hawk, a 1940 Errol Flynn movie. 1940. Think about that year, everything that had just happened before 1940 and everything that was about to come after it. This was the closing speech of the movie, from Queen Elizabeth:

“And now my loyal subjects, a grave duty confronts us all: to prepare our nation for a war that none of us wants, least of all your queen. We have tried by all means in our power to avert this war. We have no quarrel with the people of Spain or with any other country, but when the ruthless ambitions of a man threaten to engulf the world, it becomes the solemn obligation of all free men to affirm that the earth belongs not to any one man, but to all men. And that freedom is the deed and title to the soil on which we exist. Firm in this faith, we shall now make ready to meet the great Armada that Philip sends against us.”

The parts that struck me the most were “a war that none of us wants” and “we have no quarrel with the people of Spain or with any other country”… Wow.

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