The atomic bomb, in its immediate aftermath, was regarded by many as just another weapon of war. Churchill himself spoke privately of using it. But with the arrival of the hydrogen bomb, Churchill’s thoughts became apocalyptic. These are his words on war and peace in the nuclear age.
Churchill's reputation as a warrior tends to obscure his efforts for peace, but from the time he was a young Member of Parliament, already possessed of experience in war on three continents, Churchill spoke of the frightfulness of modern war and strove to avoid it.
"Watching the horrifying events in Paris this week," wrote Scott Johnson, "I have found Churchill’s great speech of November 12, 1936, coming to mind. It is one of Churchill’s prophetic speeches—I believe in the Prophet Churchill—decrying the complacency of the government in the face of the gathering storm in Germany. . . ."
Winston Churchill was famed for his prescience, though of course he liked to emphasize the predictions which turned out to be right. “I always avoid prophesying beforehand,” he said in a Cairo press conference on 1 February 1943, “because it is much better policy to prophesy after the event has already taken place.”